By Shauna Golden
FRAMINGHAM – The Framingham Planning Board heard a site plan proposal for Summit Montessori School to expand on Thursday, September 12.
Located at 283 Pleasant Street, the school occupies the historical Moses Ellis House.
According to Head of School Administrator Martha Torrence, Summit Montessori is looking to expand, as they are seeking a “modest increase” in enrollment. Their on-site occupancy will increase from 104 to 120.
The school opens in 1996.
Specifically, the school will combine 303 Pleasant Street, currently a single-family residence, with the current building at 283 Pleasant Street to expand the school’s campus.
The Framingham Planning Board public hearing for this proposal will continue on Wednesday, September 25 at 7 p.m
The project will be done in two phases.
Phase one includes the renovation of 303 Pleasant Street and expanding the parking lot (from 41 parking spaces to 71).
Phase two will consist of the construction of the new multi-purpose addition, which will include a half-court gymnasium, small classroom and small kitchen.
Framingham Planning Board member Lewis Colten, whose son is a graduate of a Montessori school, expressed concern over the fact that there is limited access around the building for the fire department.
However, the project team assured him they are working with the fire department to make sure they are meeting requirements.
Colten also voiced concern over the architecture of the new building, as it is located on a historic site.
Planning Board chair Christine Long, however, said she liked the architecture.
“It’s a worthy project,” praised Framingham Planning Board member Shannon Fitzpatrick, who said Summit Montessori has always taken care of the historical building and believes they will incorporate the expansion the best they can.
Photos by SOURCE intern Shauna Golden, a graduate student at Boston University in the journalism program.