UPDATED: Framingham Planning Board Grants Temporary Permit To IHOP

Originally posted at 1:22 a.m. Updated at 8:35 a.m.

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FRAMINGHAM – IHOP is now serving pancakes in Framingham, after being issued a temporary permit from the Framingham Planning Board and paying for its license with the Board of Selectmen.

On Monday afternoon, the Framingham Planning Board administrator granted a temporary permit to IHOP to open to the public.

Over the weekend, the Town of Framingham closed the 24-hour restaurant before its grand opening, as its temporary 14-day permit through the Planning Board expired on Friday, April 21.

The Planning Board had issued a temporary permit so IHOP could train employees, but when the applicant for the project did not comply with work in the conditions for approval of the project, Framingham Planning Board chair Christine Long had the restaurant closed on Saturday.

One of the conditions of the Planning Board in granting its approval last year was for the applicant to “install a raised island with granite curbing to detour vehicles from taking a left-hand turn from the property.” Click here to read all the conditions placed on applicant  One Framingham Centre LLC.

“I directed (Planing Board Administrator) Amanda (Loomis) to allow the applicant to open Tuesday on an extension with the condition that they have met and comply with all the conditions of the decision,” said Long.

The Planning Board will meet on Thursday to vote to allow the issuance of a certificate of occupancy, said Long to Framingham Source.

Selectmen approved the IHOP’s common victualler license on April 5, and it has been paid for and released.

In August 2016, the Framingham Planning Board gave its approval for a new IHOP restaurant to occupy the space of the former Red Pepper and the old Liam’s restaurant.

In January 2017, Framingham Selectmen voted to allow the new franchise to stay open 24 hours.

Selectmen unanimously approved the request by the developer New England Investment Partners, with the stipulation that a police detail is at the restaurant on Friday and Saturday between midnight and 4 a.m.

 The new IHOP was scheduled to open the final week in March, but has had several delays.

When it opens the IHOP will have about 180 seats and employee about 16 individuals. The IHOP will have plug-in stations for phones and computers. The new IHOP is located on Edgell Road, near the campus of Framingham State University.

New England Investment Partners filed an application with The Town of Framingham to demolish the former Red Pepper restaurant at 17 Edgell Road and construct an International House of Pancakes. The developer, based in Chelsea, sought a special permit from the Town for a reduction in the required amount of parking spaces, minor site plan review, and a public way access permit for the construction of a 4,800 square foot restaurant, with 25 bicycling parking spaces, 69 vehicle parking spaces, and outdoor seating.

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: editor@FraminghamSource.com Phone: 508-315-7176

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