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MARBLEHEAD — Plans to build the town’s first assisted living facility are back on track.
The Zoning Board of Appeals unanimously voted to approve the special permit needed for the Mariner project to proceed, reversing a decision it made last year. More than 200 residents packed the gallery to argue for and against the Mariner project, which would sit in a neighborhood of single-family homes.
Developers Michael Lafayette, Heather Cairns and Phil Helmes are also allowed to exceed the area’s height restriction thanks to a special permit issued on Monday.
Located at 265 Pleasant St., the Mariner development would contain 87 apartments, including some two-bedroom units. The 4.5 acre site and would feature parks, walking paths, seating areas, patios and gardens. The residences would include a restaurant, private dining, pub, cafe, beauty salon, health and wellness room, library and movie theater, according to the developer’s website.