The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, June 6, 2008

Historical Commission hears Ferns expansion plans

Larry Bearfield, an alternate on the Historical Commission, appeared at the commission’s May 27 meeting in his role as co-proprietor of Ferns to discuss plans to expand the store. Bearfield proposes to add a middle section between the store and the garage, and relocate the entrance there, accessible from Lowell Street and the back parking lot. The goal is to create more interior space. Space would then be available for a bottle-return area, a beer and wine shop with a refrigeration unit, and an energy-efficient walk-in freezer which would replace seven energy-consuming freezers, among other improvements.

Bearfield’s vision is to have the store appear as one entity, with ample parking in the back. Commissioner Geoff Freeman questioned the scale of the expanded building, referring to its “monolithic quality. . . The scale is out of proportion to the rest of the [town] center,” he pointed out. Other members agreed with him, suggesting that the roof line be broken up instead of aiming toward one long line. A change of color for part of the building was also suggested to break up the mass.

Bearfield thanked the commissioners for their suggestions and said he would consider them in his next plans. ∆

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