Compiled by The Bedford Citizen
The Bedford Citizen learned on Thursday, June 21 that Planning Board member Tim Gray has retired from the board. In an email, Gray said, “I was finding I was having difficulty gracefully balancing my work demands with Planning. [The board] and our fellow Bedfordites deserve someone who can give him/herself more fully to the duties.”
The Town has announced the procedure for filling Gray’s vacancy.
By Ben Oleksinski
Image (c) Gamble Associates, 2018 all rights reserved – Click to view larger image
Lexington is developing a new zoning district for the nearby Hartwell Avenue area. On May 30, a joint meeting between the town’s Selectmen and Planning Board took the first steps in a long-term transformation project, initiating talks of commercial viability and community values.
By Julie McCay Turner
The Middlesex 3 Coalition came into existence 2012, with Bedford’s Town Manager Rick Reed serving as Executive Director until last year. After stepping aside, Reed served on the Coalition’s board and will remain active through the coming year.
In Billerica, on Tuesday morning Reed was honored with the Middlesex 3 Coalition’s 2018 Economic Development Impact Award for the public sector and was presented with a citation signed by each of the state representatives who serve Middlesex 3 cities and towns.
By Lauren Ellis
The Bedford Planning Board continued a public hearing about a special permit for the Prince Street Café on Tuesday, April 10. The proposed café at 36 North Road would allow a bakery, a café, and a single second-floor apartment. The non-conforming lot was once home to Fitzgerald’s Package Store in a building which will be demolished. After reviewing both the original and more recent, edited, plans for the site the board ultimately decided to allow the requested special permit, with contingencies.
By Lauren Ennis
When the Planning Board met on Tuesday, March 20, they reopened a public hearing regarding a special permit for 36 North Road, to allow construction of a café and bakery. While the Planning Board praised the changes that had been made to the plan since the previous meeting, concerns remained regarding the parking lot. According to the proposed plan, the building would contain 36 seats and the parking lot would contain 12 spaces for customers.
By Lauren Ennis
At the Planning Board meeting on March 20, the School Committee presented proposed expansion projects at both the Lane and Davis elementary schools.
Submitted by Francis DeCoste
Chief Operating Officer, TRAdvisors, Inc.
The rebirth of the former Coast Guard housing project along Pine Hill Road has begun as residents begin to occupy the long-vacant homes. Responding to the plan in a Request for Proposals by the Town of Bedford, TR Advisors of Boston purchased the property in April of 2017 and immediately began the first phase of the project, the renovation of twelve of the existing homes. Renovations included new kitchens, granite countertops, flooring, appliances, updated bathrooms, and have been freshly painted. Some units have had an additional bathroom and central HVAC added. The first residents moved in during the month of January and include a mix of ownership and rental units.
Submitted by the Bedford Planning Board, in collaboration with the Bedford Chamber of Commerce
In 2016, recognizing that commercial development patterns along The Great Road no longer reflected the quality and character that we want for our town, the citizens of Bedford voted to enable the Planning Board to conduct a complete “soup to nuts” review, analysis and if necessary, overhaul of its outdated, 1970’s-era business zoning. As a result of this endeavor, the Planning Board is proposing a new set of business zoning bylaws that is sensitive to the distinctive personality of The Great Road corridor and our town. The proposed bylaws are nearly complete and will be presented at Annual Town Meeting in March. Below are some questions about the bylaws that are on peoples’ minds…
By Dot Bergin
At a second public hearing on January 31, the Planning Board worked for more than three hours on recrafting the text of the Great Road Rezoning Bylaw (Section 22, Great Road District) The Board again took comments from residents who wished to speak, although the number who turned out was less than at the first public hearing. Members of RKG, the consultants involved in reviewing and writing the proposed bylaw, were also there to work with the Board.