The Gulbankian family has until the end of the month to complete a list of repairs to its Mt. Vickery Road businesses that were ordered by the town in 2011, but in a recent filing the family has asked the Zoning Board of Appeals to remove the two most costly repairs.
The 2011 ruling requiring the Gulbankians to improve their site came after neighbors complained about buses being housed on the site. A subsequent inspection by the town revealed the family did not have the proper variance to operate its machine shop on the property. The Gulbankian’s garden center has been in operation since 1965, and the machine shop since 1988.
Two of the ordered improvements include paving the bus parking area and installing a drainage and water filtering system. According to a report in the Metrowest Daily News, the family estimates the work will cost upwards of $200K, an it’s those two improvements they hope will be lifted.
An attorney for the family called the ordered changes “unnecessary and superfluous,” and said they offered no benefit to the surrounding neighborhood.
In addition to the two improvements now under review, the ZBA imposed 13 other conditions in its original ruling. ZBA Chairman Matt Hurley said in a comment on this blog in June 2012 the family had already complied with all 13.
The Gulbankian family has been wrangling with the town over zoning for three years now, and it’s a story that has elicited strong opinions from many of you.
The next chapter will unfold when the ZBA takes up the matter at its meeting on May 29. Meeting details have not been posted yet, but I’ll share them when they are.