Twin Brooks
TWIN BROOKS — 35 SCUDDER, HYANNIS, MA
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Stewart Creek Estuary
STEWART’S CREEK
We need to preserve Stewarts Creek.
It abuts Twin Brooks.
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STATUS OF 35 SCUDDER AVE., HYANNIS, MA

On February 2, 2023, the Cape Cod Commission decided, by a divided vote, to enter into a development agreement for the 510-bedroom apartment project proposed for the Twin Brooks site.  It did so despite finding the project is inconsistent with key features of its own regional policy plan, reasoning that the project is “necessary to enable a substantial segment of the population” to obtain housing. 

Save Twin Brooks, along with a neighboring business and homeowner, have challenged this decision in court.  Briefs were filed, the judge held a hearing on January 11, 2024, and his decision is stayed until August 7, 2024. The losing side can appeal, and regardless of the outcome, the project still requires the Barnstable Town Council to waive multiple zoning requirements and grant other approvals.

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING US

The agreement for Quarterra to buy the Twin Brooks Golf Course was terminated in February, 2024. We do not know whether that was because the agreement expired and one or both parties did not want to renew it, or one of the parties exercised a termination right.

Without a doubt, your support contributed to:

  • bringing our community‘s and its elected leaders’ attention to the ill-conceived massive apartment complex, and its negative impact on nature, traffic and Cape culture
  • appealing the Cape Cod Commission’s approval of the project

Once the Twin Brooks property became available, the Riverview School in Sandwich entered into an agreement to purchase the property. Although we do not know the specifics, we take comfort in knowing that Riverview is a long-standing Cape Cod institution with a worthy mission and a demonstrated commitment to Cape values.  We have reached out to Riverview and look forward to collaborating constructively in preserving and protecting green space, watersheds, natural resources and habitats at Twin Brooks and the Stewart’s Creek Estuary. To learn more about the Riverview School, click here.

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

With the threat of the apartment development no longer looming over us, we can turn our attention to our core mission of preserving and protecting much of this site and restoring the degraded estuary.  Stay tuned!!!


Review, Refresh and Engage

150 people attended an interactive event on October 3, 2022, to discuss the proposed project at 35 Scudder Avenue. The event was held at the Hyannis Golf Club. Speakers included, Kim McGuire, President of STB; John Ale, Advisor to STB; and Community Activist, Felicia Penn. Following the speakers, there was an interactive discussion. Many questions were brought forth and answered, as well as ideas regarding the proposed project. We would like to share with you some of the highlights of the evening.

Click here to watch speaker videos. Click here to see photos from the evening. .


View STB Presentations to the Cape Cod Commission

Aerial View of Twin Brooks and Stewarts Creek

Know the Facts

Dispel the Myths

Sea Level Rise: What Does the Future Hold?

Watch the Barnstable Clean Water Coalition video below, which references the apartment project proposed for Twin Brooks.

The Barnstable Clean Water Coalition has produced a short video about sea level rise in conjunction with the apartment project proposed for Twin Brook.  Its goal is to raise public awareness about seal level rise on Cape Cod and its potential impact around Stewarts Creek. Placement of critical infrastructures such as the Cape Cod Hospital and housing need careful consideration.

Consequences of sea level rise include increased intensity of storm surges, tides, flooding, and damage to these coastal areas. According to glaciologists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Massachusetts Climate Change Adaptation Report, the climate change impact on Cape Cod could result in the Cape and Islands being partially submerged in 50 years.

Our Vision for Twin Brooks

HELP US PRESERVE THE LAST GREEN OPEN SPACE IN HYANNIS
Hyannis desperately needs more open space. Twin Brooks consists of 40 acres. Our goal is to preserve this green space for conservation, recreation, education, community farming and cultural activities. While we are in favor of much needed housing in Hyannis, we are opposed to this green open space being developed with acres of impermeable hard surface. The Cape Cod Commission and the guidelines for the Town of Barnstable both state that open spaces and historic design are crucial not only to quality of life but to the local economy. 

Our vision for this property is a well-planned open space that would enhance our community and ecological environment, as well as improve the quality of life and economic attractiveness in Hyannis. Our video depicts our vision.

View Presentation by Kim McGuire, President of STB

Barnstable Land Trust Alternative for Twin Brooks

Alternatives visions from the Barnstable Land Trust

The Save Twin Brooks Board of Directors applaud the work that the Barnstable Land Trust and Utile have done in reaching out to the community and identifying possibilities for new housing while preserving green space at the Twin Brooks site. Their work confirms that conserving open space and adding housing are not mutually exclusive.  As Save Twin Brooks has been emphasizing, our community, and especially our government officials, must look carefully at alternatives before forever losing this large, central green space.

To view the Barnstable Land Trust presentation, click here.

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