Planning Board Endorses Plan for Hillside Avenue Houses

February 1, 2023

The Bedford Planning Board supports a proposed redevelopment at 42-44 Hillside Ave. 

At a meeting last week, the board heard a presentation by Atty. Pamela Brown, representing local builder Paul Marcus, requesting her client’s request for input on redevelopment options that apply to a non-conforming lot.

The predominant option the owners are considering is to restore the older home on the lot, tear down the smaller home, and build a new dwelling in its place. 

Brown explained that this plan would allow the owners to have a home that is more in line with neighboring properties, while still maintaining the property’s historic aesthetic. 

In answer to a question from Planning Board member Amy Lloyd, Brown said the proposed development would not result in additional square footage. 

Lloyd said she supports the plan for two “more modest homes” on the lot rather than one larger residence. Jacinda Barbehenn agreed with Lloyd and recommended that the board draft a letter to the Zoning Board of Appeals offering support. Todd Crowley, who lives near the property, said that he is also “in full support” of the proposed redevelopment. 

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