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By Grace Mayer


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FRAMINGHAM – After a Framingham property owner was previously denied a permit to convert his property’s first floor into a two-bedroom apartment, the Framingham Zoning Board of Appeals will respond to his appeal to override the denial at its meeting on Wednesday, July 14.

The single-family home is located at 9 Brewster Road in zoning district “B,” which requires a permit to construct properties to accommodate two families.

Framingham’s current zoning restrictions prevent buildings that don’t comply with zoning requirements, including property width, distance from the street and side yards from acquiring permits.

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Upon first review of the building permit application, the Board said the home did not comply with these requirements. 

In April, William Villa asked for an exception to this zoning rule, so that he could turn two spare rooms located on the first floor of the two-story building into two bedrooms complete with closets.

The first floor of the building, which is classified as a “mixed-use” building, was originally a dentist office.

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Fred Bray, Deputy Building Commissioner, previously denied the application because “the lot does not comply with the area requirement of the “B” zone, and the structure does not comply with the street line set-back requirement in the “B” zone,” Bray said in a written response to Villa’s request.

The Framingham Zoning Board of Appeals meeting is Wednesday, July 14 at 7 p.m. in the Blumer Community Room in the Memorial Building. Members of the public can attend in person or via Zoom.

The 3-member zoning Board of Appeals has until July 23 to deny or approve a permit for Villa.


Grace Mayer is a senior at Boston College studying marketing and journalism. She is also the head arts editor for Boston College’s newspaper, The Heights, where she’s covered the arts beat for three years. She is excited to report on a variety of beats for Framingham SOURCE this summer. You can contact her at

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