At an abutters’ information session on August 24, the Millwood Golf Course developer explained the layout of the project. While this session was informative, abutters still have many questions and concerns. The residents at the information meeting all felt that the Millwood Preserve project has too many units, but the developer stated that they are following zoning bylaws. My concerns are the effect on traffic, as well as the perpetual access to the open space, “town park” area.
Millwood Preserve is an over 55 development project with 135 units planned on the 69 acre parcel with 40 acres of open space. There will be 65 single one story units and 70 duplex or triplex two story units. The units are located on the eastern and southern portion of the parcel with about 30 acres of open space on the western
side of the parcel facing Millwood Road. This area has sometimes been referred to as a “town park,” but will the residents be able to access this open space area for any activities?
Within the Millwood Preserve the developer will provide a 20 space parking lot to augment parking at Callaghan State Park. The developer will also provide a walking path from the Millwood Road parking lot to the Grove Street end of the project. The developer should also provide a walking path to and around the large pond and ending up at the Millwood Road entrance. These amenities and the perpetual maintenance of the open space should be included in the registered deed. A landscape architect said that extensive plantings will separate the units from the adjacent homes. Additional landscaping can be made 14 months after the project completes. The fence on Millwood Road will be fixed and maintained.
Each unit will have two garages, and thus there is a potential of having 270 cars in the development. There will be two accesses to/from the development, one on Grove Street and one on Millwood Road. A traffic engineer said that the traffic impact caused by this development will be minimal.
A study considered the traffic along Grove Street and Millwood Road and the intersection of these two streets with Belknap Road. The intersection of Belknap Road and Pleasant Street was included, but the Belknap Road and Edgell Road intersection was not. This already busy intersection will be significantly affected by this
project. The intersections at Pleasant Street and Temple Street, as well as Temple Street and Route 9, were also not included in the traffic study. These intersections have problems now, and new development projects will increase traffic backup.
Framingham obtained easements from the gas station at Temple Street and Route 9 to provide an additional lane on Temple Street for right turns onto Route 9. This was part of the mitigation plan for a hotel to be built at the Exit 12 interchange of the Mass Pike.
All the new developments in District 3 will result in increased traffic. This will have a ripple effect on traffic throughout Framingham. Development of new projects should contribute mitigation funds for traffic management improvements.
New development projects should be anticipated and planned for. The new Planning Board, appointed by the new City Mayor, with approval by the new City Council, should propose zoning restrictions to control residential growth.
Attend the Planning Board meeting on Thursday, September 14th and express you opinion on what conditions the Planning Board should include with their approval of the Millwood Preserve project.
Candidate for City Council District 3