FRAMINGHAM – The Town of Framingham “approved a “no parking, no drop-off” restriction along Edmands Road, where the new school is being constructed.
The Framingham Traffic and Roadway Safety Committee unanimously supported the new restrictions, and Framingham Selectmen Tuesday night also gave unanimous support to the new restrictions.
Town Engineer Eric Johnson said “several residents in the neighborhood voiced their concerns about safety if vehicles are allowed to park along this narrow roadway.”
He said the new “restriction would be applicable to both sides of Edmands Road, in front of the new school.”
The idea is that the school will have a parking lot, so we wanted to discourage any parking or drop offs on the main road, explained Johnson.
The Natick non-profit filed plans with the Framingham Planning Board under the state’s Dover amendment, which allows educational institutions to be exempt from local zoning bylaws. Founded in 2006, the school is operating currently in a location on Strathmore Road in Natick, behind Sherwood Plaza.
The new school would serve about 200 students, ages 3-21.
Students would arrive in as many as four dozen small buses or vans.
During public hearings, Nobscot residents had concerns about traffic in the quiet, wooded neighborhood.
The Framingham Planning Board requested the school develop a staggered drop-off and pick-up schedule, to deal with traffic and vehicles backing up on Edmands Road.
The school is expected to have 165 employees and requested 162 parking spaces.
The basement of the school would house a childcare center, which would serve about 100 students.