No commuter rail parking at Fitzgerald’s – for now

The plan by the owner of Fitzgerald’s General Store to offer cheaper commuter rail parking is dead, at least for now.

The Metrowest Daily News reports that the Zoning Board of Appeals denied without prejudice Ramanbhati Patel’s request for a special permit to offer monthly parking in his lot. He will be able to reapply in the future if he wants to.

The news might come as a relief to some Southville neighbors who had concerns about traffic, security, and maintenance. One neighbor told me Patel was supposed to meet with them earlier this month to review revised plans and an associated traffic study, but the meeting never happened.

You can read more about the ZBA’s response in the Metrowest Daily News (scroll to the bottom of the article).

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Woodland Meadows developer downsizes, focuses on Oak Hill Road entrance

The Woodland Meadows 40B has been dragging on for a while now, but it’s no closer to getting built. The developer, Robert Heavey, told the ZBA last month he wanted to downsize the project. This week he hold the ZBA he wants to downsize even more.

The Metrowest Daily News reports what was once a 4-story, 43-unit plan, has been trimmed to a cluster of just six units, with the option for up to 10 more. The units would be located off Oak Hill Road instead of Woodland Road as originally planned.

The ZBA suggested the trimmed down plan might be different enough from the original that the approval process would have to begin anew. They also thought neighbors along Oak Hill Road would have concerns about the project.

The hearing was continued to June 24.

Read all the details in the Metrowest Daily News. Click here for more information on Woodland Meadows.

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