By Dot Bergin

Real estate developer Sid Gehlot appeared before the August 8 meeting of the Bedford Housing Partnership to present preliminary plans for two new buildings and the designation of affordable units in the Village at Bedford Woods, 1000 Albion Road. (Albion is the last street off Middlesex Turnpike, just before the Billerica town line.)

Gehlot, accompanied by his construction partner Francis Bevilacqua, outlined the background of his proposal: The Village at Bedford Woods complex (one three-story building with 30 units and underground parking) was built in 2005. The intention of the developer at the time was to add two additional buildings but because of the recession and various other issues, those buildings were never completed. The original building went into foreclosure and was acquired by Gehlot from the bank; he is now seeking approval to complete the build-out. Gehlot’s firm is Treetop Group, Woburn, (https://www.treetopgrp.com/) and this appears to be his first venture into a 40-B project, with designated affordable units.

Housing Partnership members reviewed his plans, which he conceded were very preliminary.  The Partnership made a number of comments on the design as presented and suggested that Gehlot return for another meeting on September 20 at 7:30 pm.

As in all proposed developments, Gehlot will need to appear before the Zoning Board of Appeals; the Planning Board will also have input into the project.  The Citizen will follow developments as this proposal undergoes review by the appropriate town boards.

In other business, Elizabeth Rust, Regional Housing Services Organization, confirmed that the drawing for the Evergreen Meadows affordable housing lottery will take place on September 12 at 7 pm in the Multi-Purpose Room, Town Hall.  Shawn Hanegan, Planning Board member of the Housing Partnership, will pull the numbers.  Three, 3-bedroom condominium units, two detached and one duplex unit, will be awarded.  Applications are still open for the Evergreen Meadows lottery until August 23 at 1 pm and information is available here (https://sudbury.ma.us/housingtrust/2018/06/14/bedford-ma-evergreen-meadows-56-evergreen-avenue/).  Rust said 17 applications had already been received.  The lottery is administered by the Sudbury Housing Trust.

The Evergreen Meadows Development, 56 Evergreen Avenue (off South Road) was approved by the Planning Board in May 2016.  The project is on ~3.5 acres and contains 17 cottage-style units.

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