By Jeffrey Epstein
A creative proposal for a small “village-style” residential complex came before the Planning Board August 14, an introduction designed to give the town plenty of notice and opportunity for input.
Attorney Pamela Brown of the Brown and Brown law firm presented the redevelopment concept on behalf of Steve and Jennifer Soillis. The lots involved are 330 South Road and 9 and 11 Summer Street, adjacent addresses at the intersection of South Road and Summer Street. Each address contains a single-family home, but there are also two barns in the back (the larger a 40’ x 80’ structure dating to 1920), and two garages. One of the buildings is a multi-family house with an office. Even though the zoning is primarily Residence C, there is a small area of Limited Business at the South Road frontage and some commercial uses.
By Meredith McCulloch
Several interesting meetings are on the docket this week, including one that anticipates possible action at Bedford’s Special Town Meeting on November 13.
Submitted by the Volunteer Coordinating Committee
The Town of Bedford is looking for volunteers to serve on town committees. Currently, there are a number of openings, and throughout the year new openings occur.
Submitted by Suzie Enos
Bedford Friends of the Minuteman Bikeway
The Minuteman Commuter Bikeway will turn 25 years old this year. The towns of Arlington, Lexington and Bedford will celebrate on September 29th (the week after Bedford day) from 11 am to 3 pm. To celebrate 25 years of going places, Arlington Public Art has championed Bikeway Haiku, asking for submissions of haiku from local users of the Minuteman Bikeway. Dozens of haiku will be selected and painted (temporarily) on the bikeway for the celebration.
Submitted by First Parish in Bedford, Unitarian Universalist
The First Parish in Bedford, Unitarian Universalist’s goal of running on renewable energy came a lot closer to reality this week. A Massachusetts Superior Court judge ordered the Town of Bedford’s Historic District Commission (HDC) to grant the church permission to install solar panels on the sanctuary roof. Concluding that the HDC’s denial of the solar panel project was “arbitrary and exceeds its authority”, and by reversing that denial, the Court paved the way for First Parish to proceed with its plans to reduce the building’s carbon footprint in order to mitigate the effects of global climate change.
By Meredith McCulloch
With summer beginning to wind down and with last week’s Special Town Meeting adjourned sine die, Town boards are moving into a new phase of work.
By Jeffrey Epstein
The Finance Committee, like other Town boards, had many questions and few answers during Thursday evening’s consideration of the Navy hangar property. The Town heads into a Special Town Meeting on July 30 with a fluid situation about the property, a 16-acre parcel on the south side of Hartwell Road owned by the US Navy.
Town Manager Rick Reed emphasized that it is important that everyone understand the fluidity of the situation.
By Ben Oleksinski
At their June 24 meeting, the Bedford Planning Board held a public hearing on rezoning the southern portion of the ‘Navy Hangar’ property. Now, the parcel is zoned as an Industrial A district. The Planning Board discussed whether the best use for the 16 acres of land would be a Residence C, B, or D district.
Submitted by the Bedford Board of Health
While NO West Nile Virus positive mosquitoes or human cases have been reported in Bedford so far this season, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) announced yesterday — Thursday, July 26, 2018 — that West Nile virus (WNV) has been detected in mosquitoes collected from Arlington, Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Clarksburg, Lexington, Newton and Stockbridge. The identification of mosquitoes in nearby communities resulted in MDPH raising the WNV Risk Level for Bedford from low to moderate.
Submitted by the Town of Bedford’s Transportation and Bicycle Advisory Committees
Bicycling opportunities have been rapidly expanding over the past decade, in Boston and in many other major cities throughout the United States. New transportation infrastructure, through such concepts as Complete Streets , is being designed to safely incorporate the needs of all users, including motor vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians. Yet bicycles are uniquely capable of rapidly and efficiently moving motivated people from one place to another on citywide scales, having negligible environmental impact, while at the same time providing enormous health and exercise benefit. Given the availability of safe and efficient routes, a cyclist can easily move 5 miles in under 25 minutes, while carrying a quite reasonable amount of baggage. It is certainly a wonderful way to explore a city – an available option that has vastly improved your authors’ vacation experiences. Ever improving technology has produced an expanding variety of superb, lightweight, and flexibly usable bicycles at reasonable cost .