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