Forbes Owners Back to Conservation Commission to Start Over

April 13, 2018
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The owners of the old Forbes Lithograph property on Chelsea Creek have completed an initial meeting with the Conservation Commission that signals the beginning of a new process on the property.

City Planner John DePriest said the owners, Yihe of China, came before the Con Com at the end of last month for a very technical determination of the property.

“It is the beginning of a process there,” he said.

The Con Com hearing regarded a determination of where environmental areas exist, such as coastal flooding areas, tidal flats and salt marshes. Knowing that, he said, gives them a better idea of where they can construct and what they would possibly have to mitigate.

There were no development plans included in the package filed with the Con Com, and that’s something that everyone is waiting to see.

A few years ago, Yihe filed a gargantuan development project that included skyscrapers, hundreds of residential units, hotels, restaurants, retail facilities, public open space – and all with one entrance and exit into the Mill Hill neighborhood.

It was quickly dispatched despite some of the best architects, engineers and lawyers working on the project.

Since then, nothing has come forward, but it seems like the process is now starting again.

City Manager Tom Ambrosino has said he expects Yihe to file a residential project that is much smaller than the previous project. He said he expects that in the summer.


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