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Luxury Apartments Get Final Approval from City Commission

Starkweather Station will be the first multi-family housing project developed in Plymouth since 2004.

Starkweather Station is a multi-family housing development planned for Plymouth. Photo Credit: DevMar Development
Starkweather Station is a multi-family housing development planned for Plymouth. Photo Credit: DevMar Development

An $18.5 million luxury loft apartment development got the final nod from the Plymouth City Commission Jan. 20, clearing the way for construction to begin in late spring or early summer.

Starkweather Station, a partnership between DevMar Development LLC and Burton-Katzman LLC, is slated to be built on an almost six-acre site along Plymouth Road east of Holbrook where the vacant 20,000-square-foot Columbian Mutual Insurance building is currently located. 

The project will be the first multi-family housing development to be constructed in Plymouth in nearly a decade.

Designed by the award-winning architects of Fusco, Shaffer and Pappas, Starkweather will consist of two, four-story apartment buildings, plus two single-family houses. In total there will be 62 two-bedroom apartments and 31 one-bedroom apartments built on the site.

Starkweather Station will consist of two, four-story apartment buildings that will be connected to Plymouth's Old Village through a lush open green space with many large, mature trees, a walking path and a pavilion. The community will offer modern town-loft apartments with shared hallways and town-lofts with their own private access with amenities such as wood flooring, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, in-unit washer and dryer and outdoor patios or balconies.   

DevMar and Burton-Katzman plan to preserve many large, mature trees and will make improvements to the park, planting new trees, adding benches and constructing a pavilion.

Mark DeMaria, principal for DevMar, said the developers wanted to create a beautiful setting that is connected to and complements Plymouth's Old Village and downtown.

"We were attracted to the character of Plymouth, the hub of the downtown with its wonderful shops, restaurants and community-oriented events," DeMaria said. "We knew that the people looking to live in Starkweather Station would want to have easy access to everything Plymouth has to offer."

City manager Paul Sincock said the city gave the project unanimous approval because the infill project blends well into the existing community and is an excellent use of the site. 

Starkweather Station brings a type of residential housing into the city that isn't currently widely available, Sincock said.

"We're focused on the person who is renting by choice," Larry Goss, executive vice president for Burton-Katzmansaid said. "Our demographic is the lifestyle renter who craves an active suburban/urban setting.

"Starkweather Station will appeal to young mobile professionals whose career may take them to other states or other parts of this state," he said. "They are people who are looking for the flexibility of apartment living but still prefer upscale, modern housing. Empty nesters will also be drawn to this development because it offers all the comforts of a home in a great community without the size and maintenance that comes from living in a house."

Source: news release

stayaloft January 29, 2014 at 07:40 AM
What do you mean by this comment? Is there a landmark or some historical significance to the land where this project is to be built? Please elaborate.
jz January 29, 2014 at 04:11 PM
Lisa, what on earth are you talking about? First of all, the building being torn down isn't historical. Secondly, this development won't even be close to the downtown area, so none of the charm of the area will be compromised.
jz January 29, 2014 at 06:25 PM
It's a vacant office building that has been looking for an occupant for years without finding one. You'd rather have an abandoned building sit there than adding to the tax base?
jz January 29, 2014 at 08:43 PM
I lived there for 43 years.
stayaloft January 29, 2014 at 08:50 PM
Lisa, Why did you remove your original comment? I'm not trying to 'start something', but it just seemed as though you might be mistaken about the location of this project. I think that this might really benefit Old Village's downtown development.
stayaloft January 29, 2014 at 10:20 PM
Lisa, I don't believe it is. Re-read the first paragraph of the story. This is along Plymouth Rd.
jz January 30, 2014 at 11:40 AM
LOL Lisa bailed.
jz January 30, 2014 at 02:16 PM
The location of the development was in the article from the very beginning.

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