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    Developer proposes 320 apartments in Plymouth

    A Rhode Island developer wants to build 320 apartments in eight four-story buildings on 25 acres at the end of Home Depot Road in Plymouth, with a quarter of the units set aside as affordable housing.

    The Oasis at Plymouth also would include a community center and pool, 13 freestanding garages for 100 cars, and 549 surface parking spaces, according to plans filed with the town at the end of January.

    The proposal from Nicholas Reuter of RRSP Acquisitions was submitted under the state’s Chapter 40B law, which allows projects that include affordable housing to bypass local development rules if less than 10 percent of a community’s housing stock is classified as affordable.

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    About 3.2 percent of Plymouth’s housing qualifies as affordable, according to Planning Director Lee Hartmann.

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    The property is currently raw, undeveloped land that is zoned for “highway commercial” uses such as offices, hotels, restaurants, and manufacturing.

    Plymouth officials have expressed concerns about traffic, saying the nearby intersection of Home Depot and Long Pond roads is already congested, and also about potential impact to the town’s water and sewer systems.

    The Planning Board will review the plans at its Monday, Feb. 11 meeting, and the Zoning Board of Appeals has scheduled a hearing for Feb. 20.

    Johanna Seltz can be reached at seltzjohanna@gmail.com.