The Framingham Planning Board voted 4-0 to approve a site plan for a school for children with autism in Framingham.
Realizing Children’s Strengths (RCS) Learning Center requested site plan approval and permits for an estimated $5 million school on 82 Edmands Road and 874 Edgell Road in the Nobscot section of Framingham.
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 ip 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.