WOBURN - A controversial re-zoning plan that would lead to a building with 21 dwelling units behind the Careway Wellness Center at the intersection of Main and Hovey streets in Woburn Center was approved by the City Council at its most recent meeting.
According to local attorney Joseph Tarby, representing 508 Main Street LLC, a covenant restricting certain uses at the site was recorded with the Middlesex Registry of Deeds on the day of the meeting. The proprietors of 508 Hovey St., located on the edge of Woburn Center off of Main Street near Center Street, sought to rezone the entire .54-acre parcel to a business downtown (BD) district.
The change will enable the applicant to erect a new building that will house 21 apartments over a ground-floor level, 5,000 square foot commercial space, as well as an adjoining garage with 42 parking spaces.
The land itself was situated in a split zoning district, with part of the land designated as BD and another portion located in an R4 or apartment building zone. Two buildings, with a combined area of approximately 18,000 square feet, exist there today.
Ward 4 Alderman Michael Anderson had stated he is concerned with parking generated not only from the residential use, but also the demand that arises from leasing out the 5,000 square foot commercial space on the ground floor of the new proposed building.
In particular, the Ward 4 alderman worried about the petitioner being granted the zoning change and then turning around and proposing a high-impact commercial tenant other than Careway Wellness Center. The proposed covenant would restrict certain uses from the property.
Sent to the council's Personnel Committee for review were the following appointments to municipal boards:
• John J. Ryan III, of Myrtle Street, for a term until May 31, 2016 on the Zoning Board of Appeals.
• Angela Amato, Washington Street; Eleanor Camillieri, Bedford Road; Dorothy Capone, Maura Drive; Francis Hancock, Pearl Street; Jack Kelly, Barbara Circle; Barbara Ridley, Place Lane; and Doris Stanton, Nichols Street Extension; for terms on the Woburn Council on Aging, until Dec. 31, 2016.
Approved were two orders regarding parking restrictions endorsed by the city's Traffic Commission. There will be no parking on both sides of Old Mishawum Road and Mishawum Road, from Ryan Road to the Industrial Parkway. The parking ban on those streets is in anticipation of the new Dave & Buster's restaurant and entertainment complex that was approved by the council earlier this year.
Lowell Street -
Approved was a resolution submitted by Ward 2 Alderman Richard Gately asking the city's Dept. of Public Works to "design and execute a plan to fix the serious drainage problem at 43 Lowell St." in the Central Square area.