By Meredith McCulloch
On June 28 the Planning Board members responded positively to a preliminary plan for a PRD (Planned Residential Development) on Yauckoes Farm, a thirteen-acre parcel at 56 Evergreen Avenue, of which 10.6 acres was presented for development. The developer described the plan as consisting of modest size homes arranged to accommodate the existing terrain. The design shows 19 colonial style cottage condominium units around a teardrop-shaped roadway with common land in the center. It allows for preservation of existing stonewalls, retaining walls and mature trees, which the Planning Board was eager to preserve. It also stays clear of two wetland areas. Seventy percent of the parcel would remain open space.
Additional images of the property in photographs by Bedford’s Assistant Planner Catherine Perry – click each image to see the full-sized photo
A traditional subdivision plan with larger houses along a single road going through to Wiggins Avenue was shown briefly, but attention quickly moved to the PRD, which the Board very much preferred.
The PRD units would have a master bedroom on the first floor, one or two bedrooms on the second floor, a front porch, and a single bay garage. Chair Amy Lloyd encouraged two bedroom units with the expectation that larger homes would bring more families with children. The schools are already at capacity.
Other suggestions were made. Board member Shawn Hanegan inquired about lighting, and suggested a few pole-mounted lights in addition to those on the buildings. Jeffrey Cohen suggested that there could be an access road from Wiggins Avenue for safety vehicles, should the because of possible concerns about the length of the cul de sac. Assistant Planner Catherine Perry commented that there is an existing house that may be subject to a demolition delay by the Historic Preservation Commission
The property runs parallel to the Minuteman Bike path and is close to Wiggins Avenue. A small parking area and a trail connection could accommodate people going to the bike path.
Click 56 Evergreen Ave for the Planning Board to see the materials presented by the developer.