Concerns about ‘Residences at Thoreau’ 

April 24, 2024

I would like to express my concerns about the proposed “Residences at Thoreau” housing project.

The Zoning Board of Appeals is being asked to approve this 216-unit development, consisting of three three-story buildings adjacent to the Thoreau Club on Forest Ridge Road. The application was submitted as a “40B” development since Concord had slightly fewer than 10% affordable housing units at the time.

My primary concern is the sheer size of the project, given that it will cover over 70% of the 13-acre site with impermeable surfaces: buildings, roadways, and parking. The project would have a significant, negative, impact on the Ground Water Conservancy District, traffic on Forest Ridge Road and Route 62 through West Concord and the environment — given the planned forest removal and increased fossil fuel use.

Concord residents should oppose this project unless it is extensively modified to align with the values of our community.

Barbara Pike

Border Road