By Debra Parkhurst

SelectmenThe Selectmen voted to transfer Asiana Bistro’s restaurant and all alcohol license; appoint new members of the Historic District Commission, and adopt a Complete Streets policy for the Town.

Asiana Bistro to Become Blue Fuji

On May 2, the Bedford Selectmen approved both the Common Victualler’s License and an All Alcohol License for Blue Fuji, a new establishment which will take over the premises of Asiana Bistro, 200 Great Road, offering similar Asian fusion fare.  The new owners also operate Blue Fuji in Medford, which they say has been a successful establishment for the past six years.    The license transfer should take effect in four to six weeks.

Appointment –Historic District Commission

The Selectmen appointed Salvatore  Canciello as a full member of the Bedford Historic District Commission.  This follows the tradition of having an alternate member step up to a full slot when there is a vacancy.  The Selectmen also interviewed and appointed Kevin Latady as an alternate member. Latady is a former member of the HDC.

Complete Streets Policy Adodpted

The Selectmen also adopted the “Complete Streets Policy.”   According to the policy,  “Complete Streets are designed and operated to provide safety, comfort,and accessibility for all users of our roadways, trails,and transit systems, including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, motorists, buses, commercial vehicles, and emergency vehicles.”The purpose of the policy is to “accommodate all road users by creating a network that meets the needs of individuals using a variety of transportation modes.”While providing transit options, best practices going forward include development of projects that suit Bedford’s overall goals of preserving and enhancing its varied aesthetic, natural, and historic resources.

According to Town Engineer Adrienne St. John, the next step is to “upload”the policy to MassDOT for their approval.  If approved, the Town will then be eligible for perhaps up to $400,000 for a project to address complete streets, such as a“new sidewalks, bike lanes, handicap ramp upgrades, signage improvements etc.”

Click Complete Streets Bedford – May, 2016  to read the policy that will be sent to MassDOT.

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