In Close Quarters, Zoning Board of Appeals Discusses Big Projects

By Danae Bucci

On Thursday, July 27, five members of the Bedford Zoning Board of Appeals gathered in a smaller-than-usual conference room to hear one of Bedford’s resident’s plans for expanding his home on North Road. Pavel Espinal brought forth his case for a special permit to add a second story to his house, located on 80 North Road, displaying full-sized blueprints for the planned expansion in close quarters.

Espinal and his contractors face challenges because although Espinal wanted to keep the house as a one story building, “it became [an issue of] how cost-effective it would be to do so without adding a whole foundation to the back of the building.”

“We so rarely get nice big drawings— the only time we get big drawings like this is when we’re in this small room,” commented board member Angelo Colasante. Nevertheless, the size of the room did not affect the board members’ ability to make a decision about whether or not to let Espinal expand his home.

Faced with having to add a second floor to the house, Espinal will have to remove the roof of his house to accommodate the addition. But the Board’s main concern was whether these plans were within the zoning bylaws of the town. Since there are wetlands in the rear of the house, Espinal cannot build into that area. After further review of the plans, the board agreed that adding a second story to the house would be well within the zoning parameters. “I certainly think it’s within the intent [of the zoning parameters,] especially with the new bylaw,” said board member Angelo Colasante. Fellow board member Carol Amick added, “They’re not encroaching in any way on the wetlands in the back of the property, and I think it will be a nice project…and appears to be a nice design.” All committee members agreed and approved Espinal’s special permit.

The board also discussed whether to allow David Goldbaum, represented at the meeting by Attorney Pamela Brown, to construct a garage addition within the front and rear yard setbacks at his School Avenue home. The Board hit a roadblock because some of its members believed that if the garage is added to the house there will be no entry point for other residents to reach their houses further down the street.

The board also discussed whether to allow Kurt Martinez of Genetti Street to build a deck in his back yard.

Decisions were not made in either of those two matters. The next Zoning Board of Appeals meeting will be held on August 10 in Bedford’s Town Hall.

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