Planning Board Continues Site Plan Review for 310 The Great Road

The Planning Board on Tuesday ended a public hearing on a mixed-use development proposed for 310 The Great Road, the site of the former Papa Gino’s.

However, the site-plan review has been continued to the next meeting of the board, scheduled for May 11, pending details on efforts for sustainable design.

The vote was delayed at the behest of Board members Chris Gittins and Jacinda Barbehenn, who were uncomfortable taking a final vote without seeing documentation. Member Amy Lloyd and Gittins asked if the team looked into net-zero options. Representatives for the developer pointed out that they would be open to different options for energy.

Former Planning Board member Sandra Hackman noted her concern that the development is set to use natural gas instead of a more sustainable option like a heat pump setup.

The site-plan review and attached public hearing has been continued for the past two months as the development team fine-tunes their plan.

Changes made to address comments from past meetings included a bus shelter pad with an easement, pervious pavement in some of the rear parking, the inclusion of one charging station for electric vehicles, and arborvitae along the border with the Department of Public Works building.

Board members pointed out that gaps could be put in the wall between the patio and sidewalk at the front of the property in order to make the building more welcoming, a common complaint of the public. Representatives of the developer were amenable to this idea.

In the public hearing portion of the meeting, Bedford residents posed questions on the accessibility of the development, specifically pertaining to hallway width and parking.

Atty. Pamela Brown, representing the developer, assured that the hallways would be wheelchair accessible and that sufficient accessible parking will be present on the property. There are currently two accessible spaces on the property.

Resident Alexander Francesconi asked why the plan only shows a single EV-charging station on the property. Brown said the developer is committing to one charging station and will see what the demand looks like from residents once the development is complete and occupied.

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