Rochester Planning Board inches toward Cranberry Highway development approval

Jan 12, 2021

ROCHESTER — Approval for a 208-unit mixed housing and commercial development at 22 Cranberry Highway will have to wait a few more weeks. 

The Rochester Planning Board went over some changes to a proposal that would allow construction to begin at the Cranberry Highway development at a Jan. 12 meeting, but there are still some loose ends that need to be tied up. 

The board agreed to allow heavy equipment use on Saturdays at the construction site, beginning on a six-week provisional basis. 

“It’s easier to give permission to try it out than it is to grant a special permit and then take that back,” said Board Chair Arnold Johnson.

When the project is approved for construction, heavy duty equipment will be allowed to be used from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

The board plans to proactively call nearby residents to see how they feel about the noise when construction begins. 

Johnson said that even though the area surrounding the coming development is largely industrial “you can’t forget about the few people that are up there.”

In addition, the board received updates on when and how apartment units will be rented out as the development reaches completion. 

“There’s a certain amount of phasing,” said Ken Steen of Steen Realty and Development Corporation. 

He said that as buildings within the development are completed, residents will begin to be moved in. But he added that things like sprinkler systems and utilities will have to be in place across the development before anyone can be moved in. 

“The project is going to have to be significantly completed before we move people in,” he said. 

The board expects to be able to review a final resolution at the next Planning Board meeting later this month.