The Metrowest Daily News has an update today on the ongoing saga involving the Gulbankian family and the businesses they operate on their Mt. Vickery Road property. It’s a case many of you have been following with interest.
More than a year ago, the Zoning Board of Appeals voted to require the Gulbankian family to make improvements to its 40 Mt. Vickery Road property after complaints from neighbors. The Gulbankians appealed the decision, but it was upheld in Worcester Superior Court. Now comes word the family has dropped a further appeal.
Reports the MWDN:
Gulbankian Farms has dropped an appeal against a court order finding it in violation of the town’s zoning bylaw, leaving its machine shop vulnerable to a cease and desist order from the town.
Town officials would not say whether they had plans to shut down the shop, which the family runs at 40 Mt. Vickery Road next to its bus storage operation and flower shop.
“They’ve got me in a corner,” owner 82-year-old Michael Gulbankian Sr. said this week.
Many in town have been critical of the ZBA’s initial ruling in 2011, with some going so far as to call it a “moral abomination.” But ZBA Chairman Matthew Hurley said the board was trying to balance the needs of the family and its businesses with the needs of abutters.
“The ZBA has nothing against the Gulbankians,” Hurley wrote on My Southborough in June. “Our goal all along has been to apply the law in this complex matter in an even-handed way that’s fair to all parties and minimizes the risk of embroiling the Town in expensive and time-consuming litigation.”
Zoning board chairman responds to criticism over Gulbankians decision (06/18/12)
MWDN: Southborough ZBA ruling on Gulbankian Farms upheld (06/13/12)
Decision reached on Gulbankians zoning issue, but not everyone is happy (1/27/11)