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Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 12:17 pm

WOBURN - The City Council's Special Permits Committee tonight will begin deliberations over several special permits needed to open a Dave & Buster's (D&B) at the former Logan Express terminal lot off of Old Mishawum Road.

Aldermen on the committee are scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. in City Hall tonight to discuss the proposal, which is the only matter on the agenda. The petitioner is seeking three separate special permits needed to open a 47,000 square-foot restaurant and entertainment center on land adjacent to Northern Bank & Trust's headquarters overlooking Route 128.

The council is being asked to grant permission 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 D&B 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.

There will be a total of 492 parking spaces, including 104 "shared" spaces with the adjacent lot of Northern Bank, which the petitioners claim will be closed during D&B's peak business periods. There will also be 104 spaces under the D&B building, with another 282 surface parking spaces in the lot.

During a recent Planning Board meeting, a city-retained traffic consultant questioned whether the applicant would have ample parking, if the shared space arrangement with Northern Bank & Trust was ever to be terminated.

Under that scenario, Howard Stein Hudson Associates representative Keri Pyke contended, the city could face a situation where customers started parking in other business lots, such as at the Marriott Courtyard or Seadog Brew Pub. The demand might even result in people parking in an abutting residential neighborhood near School Street and Ryan Road.

Some abutters and city officials have also worried about traffic impacts to an abutting residential neighborhood near School Street and Ryan Road.

Currently, the petitioner is suggesting that a right-hand only turning lane to Old Mishawum Road from Mishawum Road, nearby its intersection with School Street just after crossing over the Route 128 overpass, should be altered to allow cars in both lanes to continue straight towards Ryan Road.

Some Planning Board members believe that alteration should be carefully considered, as it might cause backups on Friday and Saturday nights — D&B's busiest hours — when cars waiting to get to the location start backing up into the residential neighborhood.

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