Concept plans (above) for the redevelopment of the Salt Box property at 626 Main Street were informally presented at Wednesday night’s Planning Board meeting by Tom Geagan, a consultant working with the new owners. The short presentation occurred in the midst of a broader review of the draft language incorporating Mixed-Use Village Overlay zoning changes, a project the Planning Board has been working on for some time. The consultant described the plans as very preliminary, the “first swipe of a broad brush,” and as reflecting the possibility that the zoning changes under discussion would be enacted.
The current building (15,060 square feet, according to the assessor’s property record card on file) would be replaced by four buildings totaling just over 25,000 square feet, or a 60+% increase in square footage. Proposed parking would increase from about 65 currently to 186, reflecting zoning requirements. The parking is shown as overflowing onto adjacent residential lots also owned by the developer. The consultant also indicated that future expansion plans may include residential development on the hill (Lot A) to the east with possible pathways to connect to Bolton Country Manor and the office park. Lot 2, Lot 4, and Lot A are zoned residential. Lot 1 is zoned business.
The consultant suggested as well that second floor apartments may be considered on one or more of the buildings in the business zoned parcel if Mixed-Use Zoning is approved for that lot.
Not shown but discussed were alterations to Main Street that would add an east-bound “deceleration” lane at the entrance and an east-bound “acceleration” lane at the exit. West-bound traffic will fend for itself in getting in and out, according to this early plan.
It would appear that this plan, if presented formally, would require multiple variances or the adoption of significant zoning changes (i.e. the adoption of a Mixed-Use Village Overlay), or both, in order to gain approval. This property is located within the heart of the historic district and in the residential area of the village.
The 12-minute discussion can be heard here. Audio quality is not up to our usual standards but is clear enough to understand.