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Like a bad penny or a cautionary tale, the Mariner assisted living project is sailing back into Marblehead for a court-ordered review by the same town board that rejected the 87-apartment project last year.
Mariner’s developers hope to drop anchor at 265 Pleasant St., but their return is getting a none-too-pleasant reception from residents who have posted “single residence only” signs in the neighborhood in preparation for a Nov. 6 Zoning Board of Appeals hearing.
The public hearing scheduled for 7 p.m. at Veterans Middle School places the board in an almost no-win situation: The board can review and subsequently approve a revised plan for Mariner or find itself in state Land Court in two weeks standing trial for last year’s decision rejecting the project.
The board initially rejected the Mariner application with members contending the project’s design features were not compatible with the existing neighborhood. The board, in its decision, went on to say that the project, which includes parks, walking paths, a restaurant and other amenities, would have adverse effects on neighboring property lots.