The Metrowest Daily News has published a couple of stories recently on a dispute between Gulbankian Farms and its neighbors. The Gulbankian family wants to park up to 14 school buses on their property at the corner of Mt. Vickery Road and Route 85 starting July 1. Some neighbors oppose the move because of concerns about noise, traffic, and emissions.
The town by way of the Zoning Board of Appeals is involved because of permitting issues. The Gulbankians operate a garden center and floral shop on the property, along with a machine shop that services antique cars. The question before the ZBA is whether the family can legally run those two business along with the bus terminal on their property. Town bylaws limit the number of businesses that can operate on a single property, but exceptions can be made by special permit.
The Gulbankians have received variances and special permits through the years — a bus terminal operated on the property as recently as 2006 under a variance issued in 1983 — so it’s up to the ZBA to sort out all the legalities. They’ll take up the issue again at their meeting on July 28.
You can read about the all legal nuances, plus the opposition from neighbors, in these two MWDN stories:
- Mixed uses at heart of Gulbankian issue in Southborough
- A ‘lot’ of trouble with Southborough special permit request
Full disclosure: Gulbankian Farms Garden Center and Florist is a My Southborough sponsor.