Max Gurwicz Enterprises has withdrawn its application for a use variance scheduled to be heard by the Northfield Planning Board at its 7 p.m. meeting today.

Gurwicz was seeking to bypass a zoning restriction for senior housing and build a 216-unit apartment complex open to all ages, including young families with children, on a wooded parcel behind the Tilton Shopping Center.

The plan for the apartments had been met with community opposition, as residents said the apartments would strain city services, raise taxes, bring an overwhelming influx of new students to the school district and decrease nearby property values.

Gurwicz owns the undeveloped parcel and the adjacent shopping center off Cresson Avenue.

City Clerk Mary Canesi said she has no information on why the applicant chose to withdraw, just that he formally notified the Planning Board on Wednesday and the application is no longer on the agenda for Thursday’s meeting.

Elisa Lala