ZBA says no to LCB


LCB

The Zoning Board of Appeals of the Town of Medfield voted to deny a special permit to the proposed LCB assisted living facility on Main Street, whose application has been pending for two and a half years.  The entire decision is available here 20180621-ZBA.LCBdecision), and the essential excerpts appear below.

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TOWN OF MEDFIELD
Office of the Board of Appeals on Zoning

NOTICE OF DECISION

APPLICANT: LCB Senior Living
DECISION DATE: June 21, 2018
DATE OF FILING DECISION: June 27,2018
DECISION NUMBER: 1339

  • While the Applicant has provided sufficient evidence to warrant a number of positive findings, the Board has concluded that it cannot make one of the key findings. Section 14.1 O.E(3) requires that we determine that the proposed use is architecturally and aesthetically consistent with other structures in the neighborhood.
  • Section 14.10.E(l) requires that we determine that the proposed use will not result in a public hazard due to substantially increased vehicular traffic or parking in the neighborhood. While the proposed project would provide 51 parking spaces, we are concerned that that level of parking may not be adequate. . . Section 14.10.E(l) requires that we determine that the proposed use will not result in a public hazard due to substantially increased vehicular traffic or parking in the neighborhood. While the proposed project would provide 51 parking spaces, we are concerned that that level of parking may not be adequate.
  • Section 14.1 O.E(2) requires that we determine that the proposed use will have no adverse effect upon property values in the neighborhood. . . we do not believe that we can make the required finding that the proposed use will have no adverse effect on property values in the neighborhood.

 

2 responses to “ZBA says no to LCB

  1. Unfortunately, the fine print says the decision can be appealed (or LCB can file suit, which will cost the town money it could much better use elsewhere). Ideally, the environmental review will also acknowledge the reality that Vine Brook is not a ‘seasonal stream’. Explain to me, again, why LCB won’t opt for a site at the State Hospital grounds?

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    • oslel peterson

      Neal. I do not have direct knowledge as to why, but I have heard, I think from Mike Sullivan, that LCB wants to be on Main Street where the location is highly visible. I believe LCB was also offered lot 3 on Ice House Road. The MSH site well also take some time to be available.

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