115 Main Street, Maynard, MA
On the site of the former Gruber Brothers' Furniture Store, MacDonald Development Inc proposes a new apartment block of approximately 30 units.
The site resides within the town's Downtown Mixed-Use Overlay District. The purpose of this district is to improve the cohesion and certain other civic qualities of the built environment. Projects which make robust and sensitive contributions to this fabric can earn permission for a commensurate increase in the quantity of units (a 'density bonus' beyond that allowed by the underlying zoning).
This model illustrates the compromise 7th scheme Studio InSitu developed to seek a synergy of the Town's and the Developer's interests. The developer asserts that the scheme's riverfront promenade is a sufficient enrichment of the District to earn the apartment block a density bonus of approximately 100%.