There’s quite a buzz brewing about the new TOD (transit-oriented overlay district) “lifestyle mall” on Route 3B. Realtors expect to see heightened interest this summer as residents decide to downsize, divorce, or upgrade their images.
“This town has a serious shortage of luxury housing and we need to give residents more choices in high-end lifestyle options,” said Van Buren. “In addition, we hope to attract more high-income people to our community, in order to make up for the low-income people displaced by the lack of affordable housing. It all makes perfect sense.”
The TOD apartments will be arranged in three “lifestyle clusters” according to rental fees: The Gilded COD, Simply SCROD and the Clam Strip. There will be six one-bedroom units and 12 two-bedroom units. All apartments will have at least four baths, three walk-in closets, a media room and temperature-controlled wine cellar. There will be granite galore: “Even the two-car garages will have granite countertops!” boasts the brochure.
Shared facilities include six rooftop hot tubs, two rooftop putting greens, a climbing wall, day spa and horseshoe pits.
Two of the units (in the Clam Strip) will be deemed affordable and will be available through a lottery.
“In terms of demographics, we’re targeting young professionals with high incomes and spending power,” explained Biffy. “We’re hoping the Carnival Cruise type offerings on the roof deck will attract a dynamic crowd that’s eager to spend and ‘get out there!’ in the community. We are not interested in coupon-clippers or low-income people with potentially troubled children taxing the school system and shoplifting in the mall.”
Stay tuned the the Tiny Mind Gazette for TOD status updates throughout the year.