By Shauna Golden
FRAMINGHAM – The Framingham Planning Board approved the minor site plan review for a playground at 64 Pleasant Street on Thursday night, September 12, for an applicant, who wants to turn a historic house into childcare.
Since the previous hearing, the project’s team said they met on-site with abutting neighbors to discuss fencing and trees for the playground.
The Framingham Planning Board received an application for limited site plan review for the property at 64 Pleasant Street, submitted by Titletown Realty, LLC.
The project includes the use of the property for childcare services for school-aged children, which includes off-street parking, stormwater management, landscaping, and associated site improvements.
The property is zoned single-family residential and business.
The current property was a single-family residence, which requires two off-street parking spaces.
The applicants proposed a childcare use that would require that applicant to provide at least 18 off-street parking spaces.
Applicant told the Planning Board it did not expect that the majority of the off-street parking spaces will be used as parents will drop-off their children without the need to park.
Applicants will also provide van/bus service for the children from local schools.
Direct abutter Mel Warshaw voiced his concerns at the meeting.
“Last time I didn’t want this project. I don’t want it now. I think it’s a mistake,” he said.
Warshaw expressed his hope that the fence would be of good quality and there would be no tree removal unless absolutely necessary for safety reasons.
Framingham Board Chair Christine Long said that based on the district in which it is located, the playground’s fence will be wrought iron.
The fence will exist only directly around the playground, not the entire site.
Long also said that they are not to remove trees unless they are in danger of harming someone.
Board member Lewis Colten said he believes the project is “an inappropriate use in this neighborhood for this purpose”.
Long echoed Colten’s beliefs.
The site plan was still approved, with a 3-0-1 vote.
The former “Dr. John W. Osgood” House at 64 Pleasant Street is in the Jonathan Maynard Historic District, adjacent to Framingham Centre.
Photo by Shauna Golden, a SOURCE intern in the Boston University graduate program for journalism.