‘Sunset View Estates’ moving forward

‘Sunset View Estates’ moving forward

Sunset Avenue, currently a dead-end street that intersects with Hillside Avenue off Diamond Hill Road in east Woonsocket, is the site of a nine-lot housing development from Real Estate Property Management. The company anticipates breaking ground on the new development in the spring. (Breeze photo by Lauren Clem)

WOONSOCKET – A proposed housing development in east Woonsocket is moving forward, planned for the extension of Sunset Avenue near its intersection with Hillside Avenue off Diamond Hill Road.

“Sunset View Estates,” as the development is termed by Real Estate Property Management, will include nine single-family homes on a combined 3.81 acres of land at the end of what’s currently a dead end street. The development will be located in an R2 low-density residential zoning district requiring lots to be a minimum of 10,000 square feet.

Planning for the project, located near the Walnut Hill Apartments, has been ongoing since 2008 but was postponed following the housing market crash, according to company legal counsel and former Municipal Court Judge Lloyd Gariepy.

“What happened is the market for single-family homes took a vacation in 2011,” he told The Breeze following a meeting of the Woonsocket Planning Board Tuesday night.

With a strong housing market back in order, the company is ready to build and looking to break ground on the development in the spring. Company President John Boucher said that while he is not yet sure of the average sale price or target demographic, he anticipates strong sales of the homes, which will likely include a mix of one- and two-story dwellings.

“We’ll have to reassess our position in the marketplace,” he said.

The company has a track record of real estate development in Woonsocket and the surrounding communities, including the Laurelwood age 55-plus community in North Smithfield and the Capwell Avenue extension project in Woonsocket. The company also manages several residential and commercial properties around the city, including East Manor on Mendon Road, Oak Hill on Bernon Street and the Cornerstone Building on Social Street.

The Planning Board granted final approval for the project during its regular meeting Tuesday night.