Rice Pond Village, the website, not the proposed development, is one of many continuing and coordinated efforts of neighbors working together to mitigate any potential negative impacts due to a proposed multifamily development with a project address of 17 Rice Road in Millbury, Massachusetts, owned by the Rice Pond Realty Trust and the McLaughlin Family Living Trust, John Antaya, and Kathleen (McLaughlin) Mardirosian, proposed to be developed by Steven F. Venincasa, under one of his limited liability companies named Whitney Street Home Builders, LLC, with a primary project engineer of James Tetreault of Azimuth Land Design, LLC.
Rice Pond Village, the website, not the proposed development, is a blog and website to effectively communicate with the neighborhood and a broader community throughout the permitting process, the challenges, mitigation, technical solutions, and much more.
A quick poll of the 73 direct and in-direct abutters of the proposed Rice Pond Village project, found that over 67% are strongly opposed to this project as submitted due to the extremely high density and location on a minor access road with significant issues in a neighborhood that contains 43 single-family homes, the majority of which have existed since 1961± and one or more historic home(s) that are believed to date back to the 1800s when Rice Road was referred to as Sawmill Road; on Rice Road, Thomas Hill Road, Aldrich Avenue and Captain Peter Simpson Road as well as the other 30± surrounding residences on South Main Street, Curve Street, Jackie Drive and Providence Street (Route 122A) as the proposed multifamily project is most definitely not harmonious with its surroundings and therefore incompatible.
Please consider subscribing to keep informed throughout the permitting process to discover whether the proposed Rice Pond Village project evolves into something more palatable to the neighborhood, like 15 or less single-family homes, the number of condominiums is reduced from 52 down to something more appropriate to the site constraints and more compatible to the pre-existing and well established neighborhood, or whether the Millbury Planning Board decides that in the best interest of the abutters and community to deny this proposed project as submitted due to all of the facts presented in writing and throughout the public hearing process.
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