Homes Planned On Former Quahog Republic Site Along Mashnee Road
By: Diana T. Barth
The building on Mashnee Island that was once home to the Quahog Republic restaurant, along with the nearby parking area that served it, will soon be no more. The Bourne Conservation Commission has approved plans for three single-family homes at that location.
The building that housed the restaurant will give way to homes proposed by Steven Cohen, president of CEA Group Inc. of Cambridge.
Bourne Conservation Agent Brendan W. Mullaney said that three large lots have been created, with planning board permission, from what were originally 19 smaller lots. All three of those new lots go from the roadway all the way to the mean high water mark.
The sizable five-bedroom homes will be built on stilts, Mr. Mullaney said.
He said a number of Mashnee residents attended the commission’s meeting last Thursday to ask about, or complain about, the size of the houses and their potential for blocking views of the water.
Asked if the project will interfere with neighbors’ access to the beach, Mr. Mullaney said that issue was not under the purview of the conservation commission. But neighbors, he said, were told by project proponents that they would retain any and all deeded rights to the beach, which residents can reach by walking along the shoreline.
A look at the plans showed that going from the road to the beach, however, would mean cutting through private property. Further, none of the parking places that were once used by the public when the Quahog Republic was in operation would exist.
The land on which the restaurant once operated was purchased by a residents’ group in February of 2010 from former landowner, Mashnee Village Inc. The restaurant building and parking area, once a neighborhood club, relocated to Falmouth in the wake of that purchase.
A price of $2.75 million and two mortgages totaling about $1.6 million were referenced in documents filed in the Barnstable County Registry of Deeds, to be repaid by the residents involved in the purchase.
Town Meeting voters, who wanted that land for beach access, had authorized the use of $3.2 million in Community Preservation Act funding in order to purchase some or all of the land. The town was outbid by the group of residents and attempts to buy all or some of the land from those new owners failed and that authorization was rescinded.
Now, control over that land has changed again, and it will now be residential in character.
In talking about the proposed new use, Mr. Mullaney noted that the unused restaurant building has deteriorated since 2010 and vegetation has grown up around the building and in the parking lot.
No demolition permit has, as yet, been pulled.
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