Developer looks to build six duplexes on property bordering Slatersville Reservoir

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NORTH SMITHFIELD – A developer has submitted a master plan for a new retirement community on Main Street in Slatersville, to be built on three currently vacant wooded lots totaling roughly ten acres.

BB&G, LLC aims to construct six duplexes for residents age 55 and older on properties bordering the Slatersville Reservoir. The proposed, “Slater Court,” would consist of six, two bedroom duplex condominium units for a total of 12 units.

The project comes as a search remains underway in North Smithfield for a new town planner to replace Tom Kravitz, who resigned from the role in August to take a position in Warwick. The Planning Board is scheduled to take up a master plan for the major subdivision on Thursday, Oct. 28, and must take on the duty of certifying that the application is complete, a task typically completed by the head planner.

The lots, located just across the road from Silver Pines Condominiums, are currently owned by the estate of Maurice Bourget, according to town property records, and Philip Godfrin is listed as holding 10 percent or more interest. BB&G lists its business address as 176 Eddie Dowling Highway in North Smithfield.

The Secretary of State business database lists Godfrin as the manager of BB&G with Aram Jarrett as the agent.

According to a project narrative, there would be two exits from the new development, and sewer, water, gas, electric and cable would need to be installed. Each unit would feature two bathrooms, along with a two car garage.

“The impact will be less than a conventional subdivision with seven driveways,” notes the narrative.

The town owns two small properties abutting either side of the proposed development, and BB&G is asking the Planning Board to weigh in on a proposal to purchase one of those lots totaling 8,683-square-feet. In exchange, BB&G would convey a 39,640-square-foot area on the western side of their Main Street lot back to North Smithfield, potentially creating a larger, contiguous town-owed space.

The project would require a waiver on town regulations for multi-family dwellings regarding spacing for both the structures and the entrances, according to a communication from surveyor Marc Nyberg.

The proposal is one of two developments before planners this week. The board will also consider an updated plan for a condominium complex on Old Louisquisset Pike, said to be the final piece of the Dowling Village project. Planners approved a proposal for a 21-unit development in the space in October of 2019.

The amended application has incorporated an additional lot into the proposal along with nine additional units for a total of 30, with six to be designated for low to moderate income residents.

The meeting, to be held at 83 Greene St. starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, will be live streamed on YouTube according to the agenda, but participation requires in-person attendance.

Update: At the meeting Thursday, the application by BB&G was deemed incomplete.

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