Planning Board Approves 100 Plank Street Special Permit Modification with Conditions

By Bob Dorer

Planning BoardOn February 2 the Planning Board continued a public hearing for a Special Permit Amendment application for an amended residential and office development at 100 Plank Street, under an Industrial Mixed Use special permit.

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After hearing an update from the developer’s attorney, Pamela Brown, the Board questioned the development team on their progress on various concerns previously noted by the Board. These included amenities for the renters of the proposed office space portion, improvements to the proposed pedestrian access, covered bike storage, and assurances that adequate parking will be available for the development for both residential residents and office tenants.

Board members also reminded the development team of the importance of following through on the office portion of this modification, given that this parcel was originally slated to be all office with no residential component.  During the public comment period one resident of Taylor Pond (the abutting apartment complex) commented that parking is tight at Taylor Pond in the evening and that capacity on the trash containers has been an issue recently.

After closing the hearing the Board voted to approve this special permit request with the following conditions:

  • Shower facilities are provided for bicycle commuters,
  • Eight parking spaces are set aside for the office portion of the development (non-resident day time parking),
  • A connection to the trail in the back is made to the existing trail system at Taylor Pond,
  • The building’s dumpster is enclosed with a solid wood fence,
  • Indoor bicycle storage is provided and available to both residents and office tenants,
  • Parking for the residential portion will meet the 1.5 parking spaces per unit parking requirement and,
  • A tree to be planted for every tree lost during development construction.

One Board member dissented on the vote, noting that this modification did not meet the intent or letter of the mixed use special permit.

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