Above: A deal with the town to allow use variance at Park Central includes a concession that looks awfully close to original plans.
Capital Group Properties was back in front of the Zoning Board of Appeals last night. The developer’s attorney continued to pitch proposed developments at Park Central.
Last night’s discussion focused on a Use Variance Permit for a townhouse development. The deal is linked directly to the 40B proposed at the site.
One of the biggest concessions offered was routing residential traffic directly to Flagg Road.
Since plans for a large 40B project at Park Central were first shared, area residents objected. Neighbors voiced concerns about increased traffic proposed to acccess the development via Flagg Road (a winding and often narrow residential street without sidewalks.)
In June 2013, Capital Group Properties filed a changed traffic plan with what they claimed to be a concession to concerns. In it, all residential traffic was routed through a cul de sac on Bantry Road and onto Tara Road and Blackthorne Drive. (The alleged improvement was routing of any future commercial traffic to Route 9 via Park Central Drive, rather than Flagg Road.)
With abutters up in arms at a Board of Selectmen meeting, member Bill Boland commented to developer Bill Depietri:
To be blunt, I think this proposal almost looks like, ‘Well no one will buy this, so this is a better chance to get what we had in the first place.
Since then, developer Depietri added back in a right turn only onto Flagg Road. But he publicly dug his heels in on keeping the quiet neighborhoods as another point of access. And two months ago, he called it “a showstopper”.
Last night, his lawyer used the road access as both a carrot and stick.
Attorney Angelo Catanzaro told the board that their plans for Use Variance would eliminate entry to the abutting neighborhood, except for emergency vehicle via Blackthorn. [click to keep reading…]