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- Planning Board ... Rezoning plan for assisted living facility up on Tuesday

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Posted: Friday, August 2, 2013 11:53 am

WOBURN - The city's Planning Board next week will catch its first glimpse of a rezoning proposal aimed at paving the way for the erection of an assisted living facility at the edge of Salem Street near Washington Street.

Lindquist Realty Trust, which owns the approximate 4.5-acre parcel of land at 320 Salem St., is seeking to re-designate the parcel from a R-1 or single-family zoning district to R-3, which allows for townhouse and garden apartment buildings.

The East Woburn property itself is largely vacant and currently contains a 2,976 square foot home with two-bedrooms and two baths. A triangular-shaped lot that is largely covered by woods, it is bordered by Salem Street near Cedar Street and Washington Street.

A second request by the applicant is targeted towards changing the city's zoning ordinances, as it relates to so-called rest or elderly homes, by adding assisted living residences as a new allowable use in R-3 districts.

Under the proposed changes, buildings will be limited to three-stories, which cannot reach higher than 42 feet. It also reduces the 1.8 parking space per unit requirement normally reserved by such uses, by decreasing that burden for assisted living homes to half a space per dwelling, along with one visitor parking space for every 10 units at a site.

The Planning Board is scheduled to meet next Tuesday at 7 p.m. in City Hall's engineering conference room, located on the basement level.

Also during that gathering, the local officials are expected to continue deliberations on a proposal from Dave & Buster's to open a new 47,000 square foot location at the former Logan Express site off of Mishawum Road.

The Dave & Buster's proposal requires three special permits, for extended hours of operation until 1 a.m., for up to 200 coin-operated entertainment machines, and for off-site parking at the adjacent Northern Bank & Trust lot.

The Planning Board is currently waiting for the results of several studies, including peer review traffic data, which will largely focus on the impacts of increased vehicular movements near the largely residential section of the area near Old Mishawum Road, School Street, and Mishawum Road.

The planners also expect to hear from the city's public works, engineering, and inspectional services departments.

The Dave & Buster's proposal replaces a 210-unit apartment building which was permitted as the second phase of a project that included the new headquarters of Northern Bank & Trust, two principals of which bought the property from the Mass. Bay Transportation Authority at an auction several years ago.

Dave & Buster's has 62 locations in 26 states, including one site in Massachusetts, in Braintree. In 2011, Dave & Buster's filed a petition for a site on the Middlesex Turnpike in Burlington, but that town's Planning Board rejected the proposal.

Dave & Buster's has already obtained a liquor license from the city's License Commission. Last call will be at midnight, with all drinks off the tables by 12:30 a.m.

The plan to start is to offer 170 coin-operated amusement machines, though the petition is seeking as many as 200, indicating a possible expansion once D&B opens.

There will be a total of 492 parking spaces, including 104 "shared" spaces with the adjacent lot of Northern Bank, which will be closed during D&B's peak periods, according to Brian Jones, an engineer with the Allen & Major firm. There will also be 104 spaces under the D&B building, with another 282 surface parking spaces in the lot.

The full Planning Board agenda for next Tuesday night is as follows:

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