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Zoning Board Approves Main Street Development

The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) this month approved construction of a new medical office building at 21 Main St. The site – positioned between the Upper Charles Trail and the municipal parking lot opposite Sacred Heart of Jesus Church – is considered by many as the "gateway" to Milford's downtown area.

Edmond Massabni, DDS of Holliston needed a special permit from the ZBA because the 57,031 square-foot site is in a water resource protection district and zoning requirements say a non-residential development cannot result in more than 50 percent of the lot area being rendered impervious. Although the proposed development would make 79 percent of the lot impervious, both Town Planner Larry Dunkin and Town Engineer Vonnie Reis said the planned stormwater management features would aid in recharging stormwater runoff into groundwater.

Representing Dr. Massabni at the ZBA's April 10 meeting, attorney John Fernandes said the one new building proposed would be an improvement over the seven buildings that used to be crowded onto the site. "The only reason we're here is this is in the water resource district," he said. To help fund the multi-million dollar project, Dr. Massabni also plans to build a bank attached to his new dental offices, Fernandes explained.

Both the medical offices and the bank are not traffic-intensive uses, he added. Engineer Peter Lavoie of Guerriere & Halnon, Inc. said there would be one 15-foot wide entry to the site and two 10-foot wide lanes for turning east or west onto Main St. There would be a separate 12-foot wide exit for the bank, he added. No water runoff would enter Main St., with all stormwater captured on site and treated in two underground filtering chambers, Lavoie explained.

The ZBA's approval came with two conditions: First, the special permit will run with the property. Second, the stormwater management system must be cleaned at least two times each year, as specified in the stormwater management maintenance schedule prepared by Lavoie.




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