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FORESTDALE — the fate of a mixed-use development slated for a 75-acre parcel of land along route 130 remains unclear as its owners work to devise a new plan after the town rejected a requested modification to an existing permit last april, according to an attorney for the property owners.

“at this point in time there really is no forestdale village,” said attorney jonathan fitch, who represents ruhan and stinson realty trust. The trust holds a comprehensive permit for the construction of 148 single-family homes there through the state’s chapter 40B affordable housing program.

Forestdale village received a permit for roughly 59 acres of the project site, which is south of jeanne’s way and north of pimlico pond road, in 2010.Route land the original developer, forestdale village LLC, filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in november 2014.


Originally lenders to the developer, john stinson and thomas ruhan took the property back through foreclosure in 2015, according to town documents.

The project site appears to be divided into 148 separate plots and among three separate owners: route 130 land development LLC; ruhan and stinson realty trust; and debra carr-kirk. Ruhan and stinson are listed among the managers for route 130 land development, according to the state’s online corporate database. According to town records, leo marshall also owns route 130 land development.

According to town records, paul cleary, a consultant for ruhan and stinson, appeared before the sandwich board of appeals requesting to remove the commercial component, or roughly 17.5 acres, from the comprehensive permit in april.Land development carr-kirk appealed the decision in barnstable superior court, and ruhan and stinson subsequently withdrew their request, according to carr-kirk’s attorney.

Losordo said the appeal was “more procedural” and that the foreclosure was “a bit of a mess” because both parties had to foreclosure on different portions of the land.

The trust owes the town of sandwich $246,292.30 in taxes, said sandwich treasurer william jennings, which is nearly three times as much as the next-highest total from one of the property owners. Fitch said his clients will pay the town back in time and that the taxes were owed before stinson and ruhan foreclosed.

Despite the fact that the town sorely needs affordable housing, sandwich town planner ralph vitacco said the town cannot support any potential project until the taxes are paid.Ruhan stinson

Ruhan and stinson are in the process of selling about 15 acres of the land to “another entity,” which is seeking to build a community electrical microgrid on the site, fitch said.

On feb. 23, the state, in partnership with the massachusetts clean energy center, a state economic development agency devoted to clean energy solutions, announced it will award stephen cleary of autonomous energy solutions, who represents the forestdale village development team, $75,000 to conduct a feasibility study to assess whether the project area is suitable to support the development of a community microgrid.

In a previous interview, cleary said the microgrid could support a potential wastewater treatment facility, which may “free up” development at the site by offering an independent energy solution.Ruhan stinson

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