Back on the Planning Board Agenda: Phase II of Pine Hill Crossing, LLC

By Dot Bergin

Pine Hill Crossing LLC continues to be a “work in progress.”

Developer Fran DeCoste, TR/Advisors, accompanied by the team who will be working on the project-a civil engineer, an architect, and a landscape architect-came before the Planning Board for a public hearing on September 11 to present plans for adding 17 cottage style homes to the existing 5.16-acre site.

Page Place Trust Seeks to Add Garages and Create Buildable Lot

By Meredith McCulloch

At a Planning Board meeting on September 11, lawyers for the Page Place Condominium Trust cited increased safety as a primary reason for seeking to build 31 garages for residents. The garages would be in several small groups of 3-5 located to the rear and side of the existing buildings. Some would be located on space currently paved for parking. The style of the garages is described as consistent with the architectural style of the current buildings and similar to garages at Shawsheen Ridge Condominiums.

Planning Board Hears New Residential Proposal

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.

Letter to the Editor, July 24, 2018: Residents Share Information for Special Town Meeting on July 30

By Chris and Jennifer Boles

Dear Neighbors,

We live on Concord Road, about 3/4 mile from the Bedford NWIRP (Naval Weapons Industrial Reserve Plant) on Hartwell Road. We are hoping you will take some time this week to learn about a couple of issues that could have a permanent impact on Bedford, and especially some of the neighborhoods and streets within a mile or two of the North Hanscom Airfield (located just off Hartwell Road, across the street from Hartwell Hill and one of The Edge Sports Center’s playing fields).

Please consider the possibilities, then we hope you will join us at the Special Town Meeting on Monday, July 30, 7:30 pm at Bedford High School, and vote your choices.

Tim Gray Confirms Planning Board Retirement

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

The Bedford Citizen learned on Thursday, June 21 that Planning Board member Tim Gray has retired from the board. In an email, Gray said, “I was finding I was having difficulty gracefully balancing my work demands with Planning. [The board] and our fellow Bedfordites deserve someone who can give him/herself more fully to the duties.”

The Town has announced the procedure for filling Gray’s vacancy.

Hartwell Rezoning Initiative Comes Close to Bedford

By Ben Oleksinski

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Lexington is developing a new zoning district for the nearby Hartwell Avenue area. On May 30, a joint meeting between the town’s Selectmen and Planning Board took the first steps in a long-term transformation project, initiating talks of commercial viability and community values.

Middlesex 3 Coalition’s Annual Meeting Honors Bedford Town Manager Rick Reed

By Julie McCay Turner

The Middlesex 3 Coalition came into existence 2012, with Bedford’s Town Manager Rick Reed serving as Executive Director until last year. After stepping aside, Reed served on the Coalition’s board and will remain active through the coming year.

In Billerica, on Tuesday morning Reed was honored with the Middlesex 3 Coalition’s 2018 Economic Development Impact Award for the public sector and was presented with a citation signed by each of the state representatives who serve Middlesex 3 cities and towns.

Planning Board Reviews Prince Street Café Plans and Saint Michael’s Church Driveway Improvements

By Lauren Ellis

The Bedford Planning Board continued a public hearing about a special permit for the Prince Street Café on Tuesday, April 10. The proposed café at 36 North Road would allow a bakery, a café, and a single second-floor apartment. The non-conforming lot was once home to Fitzgerald’s Package Store in a building which will be demolished. After reviewing both the original and more recent, edited, plans for the site the board ultimately decided to allow the requested special permit, with contingencies.

Planning Board Considers Café Plan for 36 North Road

By Lauren Ennis

When the Planning Board met on Tuesday, March 20, they reopened a public hearing regarding a special permit for 36 North Road, to allow construction of a café and bakery. While the Planning Board praised the changes that had been made to the plan since the previous meeting, concerns remained regarding the parking lot. According to the proposed plan, the building would contain 36 seats and the parking lot would contain 12 spaces for customers.

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