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ZBA Okays Dunkin' Donuts to Occupy Former Friendly’s Building (and Other Meeting Notes)

The ZBA met on Wednesday night to issue its decision on Dunkin' Donuts application to occupy the former Friendly's building, and two applications for houses to be razed and rebuilt.

 

The Board of Appeals on Zoning met Tuesday night to discuss two properties where the owner wants to raze the house and build another, and also to issue a decision on Dunkin’ Donuts’ application to convert the former Friendly’s building into one of its coffee shops.

The ZBA approved – with conditions -- Michael Cavallo’s application to convert the former Friendly’s building into a Dunkin’ Donuts

During the hearing process, Cavallo told the board he plans to invest $500,000 into the former Friendly’s building to make it an “upscale” Dunkin’ Donuts at the corner of Routes 109 and 27. 

Cavallo plans to retain the walk-up window through which he will serve Dunkin’ Donuts brand ice cream.

The store would be open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Cavallo also operates a store at 270 Main Street which will remain open in addition to this store.

A copy of the ZBA’s written decision will be available on Thursday afternoon.  Continue to monitor MedfieldPatch for details.

Also at Wednesday’s meeting, the ZBA held a hearing (30 minutes) on an application from James and Gretchel Foscaldo at 71 Green Street who want to tear down the three buildings on his property and build one home with a two car garage.

Jim Foscaldo said they want to tear down two adjoined cottages and a former chicken coop on their long, narrow lot to build a “modest” Colonial or Cape style house not to exceed 32 feet by 40 feet with a 24 foot by 28 foot garage.

Foscaldo said the new building would be 3,200 square feet including the garage.

The Foscaldos appeared before the ZBA six years ago with a similar plan which was approved but the work was not done because “starting a family and the economy got in the way.”

Neighbors expressed concerns about set back and vegetation, noting the importance of savings two large trees that grow along property lines.  Foscaldo said he may have to slightly prune the trees to accommodate the new structure but said he wants to keep as much of the trees as possible.

The hearing was closed and the ZBA members working on this application – Stephan Nolan, Douglas Boyer, Thomas Reis – will visit the property before issuing their decision.

The ZBA also held a hearing (15 minutes) on an application from Jonathan Hanson of 180 South Street who would like to tear down his current house, which was , and build another.

Hanson said he and his wife have been displaced since the fire and is living in an apartment in Walpole, and everything is in order to start work on the new house which would be built on the current foundation and would include a 16 foot by 23 foot addition with a shed roof (a first floor master bedroom), relocation of a side deck to the back of the house, and the addition of a small entryway. 

The number of bedrooms will remain at three with one on the first floor and two on the second (opposite from what it is now); they have town water but private sewer.  The exterior would include clapboard and cedar shake siding and an asphalt architectural shingles on the roof.

The hearing was closed and the ZBA members working on this application – Stephan Nolan, Douglas Boyer, Thomas Reis – will visit the property before issuing their decision.

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