Short Takes from the February 27 Selectmen’s Meeting

By Debra Parkhurst

During their meeting on February 27, the Selectmen talked about Pine Hill Road housing, the MBTA in Bedford, and they bid adieu to Selectman Mark Siegenthaler after his 21 years of service

Pine Hill Road Housing

The Selectmen voted their approval of the Development Services Agreement between the Bedford Municipal Affordable Housing Trust and TR Advisors, LLC, regarding the development of the so-called ”Coast Guard Housing” off  Pine Hill Road.   The Housing Trust had requested that the Selectmen re-affirm their support and expectations for this development.  The zoning process will be worked out, most likely through a zoning overlay.  The result will be 29 residences on site: renovation of 12 of the existing residences and new construction of 17 homes.

MBTA in Bedford

Responding to a Board of Health concern regarding the lack of shelters for MBTA riders, the Selectmen recognized this is an MBTA issue system wide, particularly in the outlying suburbs.  Selectman Margot Fleischman said the Transportation Advisory Committee had conducted a survey of the bus stops in Bedford, noting that there is only one shelter (at the VA) and only a few with benches, and several safety concerns.   While the town may want to work with the MBTA to improve the situation, the MBTA will note that curb cuts and sidewalks, etc. belong to the municipalities, and it is often difficult to collaborate.

Chairman Mike Rosenberg also said that MBTA management is considering a reduction of the stops along Bus Route #62, including the potential of four within Bedford: at Masardis Street and The Great Road; on the VA Campus at Bldg. 70; and along Springs Road at the corner of Pine Hill and Page Road, and Springs Road and Nickerson Road.   The MBTA is looking for input from the communities, so please contact the Selectmen’s office with concerns.

Selectman Mark Siegenthaler Moves on…

After 21 years of service on the Selectmen (seven terms) and several years prior to that on the Planning Board, Selectman Siegenthaler will step down following the Annual Town Election.   Chairman Rosenberg said it was an honor to serve with him, an “enlightening and educational experience.”  Siegenthaler said it has been a “privilege and an adventure” and he was “grateful” that the residents allowed him to serve in this manner.   Siegenthaler admitted to “mixed feelings,” but believed leaving at this time was the right thing to do.

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