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Ipswich, Mass. Mixed-use Development



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  • 1. Mixed Use Development in Ipswich Presented to the MAPC Annual Meeting June 1, 2011
  • 2. Mixed Use Development in Ipswich
    • Ipswich strongly encourages mixed-use development (commercial and residential), primarily in its central business districts
    • Support for mixed use development is reflected in goals & policies of Town’s long-range planning documents ( Ipswich Community Development Plan, Ipswich Town Character Statement, and Ipswich Downtown Development Plan )
  • 3. Mixed Use Development in Ipswich
    • Incentive for mixed-use development is provided in Ipswich’s zoning bylaw
    • In Central Business District & General Business District, buildings which mix commercial (primarily 1 st floor) and residential units (primarily upper floors) receive significant density bonus (33% for six residential units; 80% for 10 unit project; 100% for 16 units)
  • 4. Why Mixed Use?
    • Residents in commercial centers provide activity after dark and customer base for downtown businesses
    • Increases economic viability of overall development
    • Ability to establish residential units creates alternative to office use
  • 5. Results of policies/incentives
    • Over past 16 years all new commercial development in downtown Ipswich has been mixed use
  • 6. 42 Market Street
    • This building is located in the heart of the downtown and replaced a vacant Woolworth’s store. It contains a retail paint store on first floor and four apartments on upper floors.
  • 7. 19 Depot Square
    • This building contains three commercial businesses on the first floor and ten apartments on the upper floors, three of which are permanently restricted as affordable housing
  • 8. 17 Hammatt Street
    • This building, which was built on the same foundation as a single-story, fire damaged building, contains two retail stores on the first floor and two residential apartments on the upper floor
  • 9. 108-112 County Road
    • Slated for completion in August, this 40B development near town center contains 48 permanently restricted affordable apartments and two commercial spaces.
  • 10. 108-112 County Road
  • 11. 108-112 County Road
    • Commercial units were added at urging of Planning Board
    • Developer initially skeptical then came to embrace it
  • 12.