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DEDHAM, MA-It took a year and a half, but Dallas-based JPI finally got approval from the town’s zoning board of appeals for the 300-unit apartment complex it wants to build on Rustcraft Rd.

The project was proposed under Chapter 40B, the state’s affordable housing law, which requires that at least 25% of the units are affordable. If the town does not have 10% affordable housing, the developer can bypass local zoning laws to get its project approved. A town representative tells GlobeSt.com that the town currently has about 5% affordable housing, but this project, along with a 61-unit senior housing project that is currently being built, will push the town over its 10% requirement for affordable housing.

The approval process for the 300-unit project, known as Jefferson Place, was complicated because Dedham does not even have zoning for apartment units. “We needed to be careful,” she says.

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