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Planning Board Also Approves Brothers Marketplace

The Planning Board is the latest board to approve the Roche Bros. application to build its first small-concept store in the former Lord's Department Store building.

Brothers Marketplace, 446 Main Street, Medfield, Mass.
Brothers Marketplace, 446 Main Street, Medfield, Mass.
The Medfield Planning Board granted site plan approval to Roche Bros. Supermarkets Co. who plan to renovate the former Lord's Department Store at 446 Main Street in order to construct its first small-concept store called "Brothers Marketplace." 

The project was previously approved by the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Board of Health. 

Selectman Richard DeSorgher was present and supported the project before the hearing was closed.

"It's going to be a great asset. It's going to bring life to downtown. It's going to bring life to the back area," DeSorgher said. 

The Planning Board voted unanimously to approve the proposal with the following conditions: 

  • Final plan to be ADA compliant
  • Brothers Marketplace will follow the construction management plan dated Dec. 16, 2013 (submitted Dec. 16)
  • Within one year, the Police Chief can request, at the applicant's expense, an evaluation regarding traffic operation issues. Any modifications would also be at the applicant's expense. 
  • Unloading is prohibited in the town right of way
  • Hours of operation not to exceed 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week
  • Parking license agreement to benefit the library will be in a form acceptable to Town Counsel prior to plan endorsement
  • Brothers Marketplace will encourage off-site parking for their employees
  • All site lighting shall be shielded and downward-facing except for period style lamps
  • Project to be completed in accordances with plans and conditions
  • Brothers Marketplace is responsible for snow and ice removal for all parking areas 
  • Deliveries will be completed between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. 
  • Fire hydrant will be installed in the planting area in the parking area per order of the fire department. 
"The [Fire] Chief wants the hydrant so a hydrant is going in," said Edward Cannon, attorney for Roche Bros.  

Rear parking lot and lighting issues raised by the Board of Library Trustees were addressed by Roche Bros. representatives who said the lighting will all be replaced (some in different locations). 

Town Planner Sarah Raposa also said the town and applicant are working together regarding sidewalk aesthetics. The sidewalks on Main Street are owned by the town. 

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