One of Dave MacCready’s companies has purchased the downtown building across from the former Lord’s that was the former site of Wills Hardware and Master’s Touch, for $765,000 per today’s Globe.
Dave and his son Rob were at the recent Board of Selectmen meeting to share their intentions for the building. Their concept plans call for the creation of four retail stores on the first floor, five offices on the second floor, and three apartments on the third floor. Three of the retail stores will have doors onto Jane’s Avenue, one onto Main Street, and all second entrances from the common hallway on the east side of the building. They will add an elevator and lavatories on the first two floors.
The major problem would appear to be the lack of requisite parking at the site. It was represented that some parking would be under the building. The Zoning Board of Appeals has the authority to waive strict enforcement of the parking requirements for uses located in the downtown. The notes on the plans indicate that the zoning bylaws would require 51 parking spaces for the proposed uses:
- 30 spaces for the retail
- 15 spaces for the offices
- 6 spaces for the residential
Parking is becoming tighter all the time in the downtown, and will only get worse when the Brothers Market opens.
I scanned the hand drawn concept plans they shared – click here to see the floor plans