Friday, March 3, 2000
Carlson Real Estate faces obstacles in proposed center location
A new real estate office in the heart of town may face some problems, judging from comments made at the February 22 board of selectmen meeting. Carlson Real Estate has proposed to open an office at 7 School Street, at the corner of Westford Street next to the BankBoston ATM. This antique home is located in the center business district where site plan approval is needed for the establishment or intensification of a business.
While the planning board postponed its formal review of the proposal because plans were not submitted in time, the board noted in a memo to the selectmen several areas in which the site plan appeared to be inadequate. These included lack of sufficient off-street parking for the proposed commercial use, adequate safe access to the site for pedestrians and lack of information about any proposed signage for the business. (See article on page 12)
Board of health chair Steve Opolski also noted at the selectmen's meeting that his board had received incomplete information to rule on the proposal. Opolski said that the adequacy of the septic system hinges, in part, on the use of the premises. If the new office is considered a change in use, said Opolski, this could trigger a need to update the septic system.
The selectmen will not schedule a continuance of the hearing on this matter until they have received a recommendation from the planning board and board of health.
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