The former Digital Equipment Corporation complex at 129 Parker Street is being developed by Capital Group Properties under the working name “The Shoppes at Maynard Crossing.”
Zoning districts control property development and all zoning district rules and regulations are found in the Town’s Zoning Bylaws. This property has a zoning designation of “Neighborhood Business Overlay District” (NBOD). At the Special Town Meeting of January 11, 2016 the Town approved amendments to the NBOD. One of the key changes proposed was for residential development. The NBOD allows development consisting of 180 one and two bedroom units. Of up to 175 units, 17 will be designated as “affordable”. Any units over 175 must be “affordable”.
The NBOD and a development agreement (a binding agreement between the Town and a developer) dictate what can be built on the site and controls most details).
Hawthorne Development presented a presentation for “Maynard Retirement Residence” (presentation below under “Recent Presentations”). They have indicated strong interest in the site.
The Development Agreement (aka “Memorandum of Agreement”) is currently being negotiated between the Town and the Developer. The development agreement must be executed before any further changes for the property are considered. For updates please check this page regularly.
A Conceptual Plan must be approved by Town Meeting. The Conceptual Plan will be a basic layout of the site. It is not a Site Plan (which contains precise site development information). A Site Plan is approved at a later stage by the Planning Board. A Conceptual Plan requires site approval by Town Meeting. An application for Conceptual Plan approval has not been submitted. It is anticipated a Conceptual Plan will be presented at Spring Town Meeting, however that is up to the applicant.
It is likely that a signage proposed for the project will require approval by Town Meeting. This would be the case if a “Comprehensive Signage Plan” was proposed (as is often the case with a large development) that was extensive and required an amendment to the Zoning Bylaws.
If a Conceptual Plan is approved by a Town Meeting vote, an application for development may be requested by the developer. One of the requirements for development is a Site Plan. A Site Plan is detailed and must be generally consistent with the conceptual plan. It must be approved by the Planning Board in a public hearing. Most Site Plans require a “Special Permit” which is required for many uses within the NBOD.
15-Jan-2016: The Planning Board has scheduled a special pre-application meeting for January 21, 7PM to discuss Town expectations for a Conceptual Plan submittal (basically to review the NBOD requirements for materials etc. that need to be included) so that the application when submitted, it provides all that is needed for Town review. No items are being considered, deliberated or voted on at this meeting.
A Community Open House was hosted by the Board of Selectmen on 21-Dec. Handouts from that presentation are available in the Recent Presentations section below.
As new information is available, we will update as quickly as possible.
Thank you for your interest!
Bill Nemser, Town Planner
- Community Open House Handouts (BoS sponsored information session, 21-Dec-2015)
- Maynard Retirement Residence Presentation (Hawthorne Development, 14-Oct-2015)
- Maynard Retirement Residence Overview (Lenity Architecture, 14-Oct-2015)
- Frequently Asked Questions (from Capital Group Properties, 4-Jan-2016)
- Intersections Improvements Overview (4-Jan-2016)
- DRAFT NBOD Changes (2-Dec-2015)
- Fiscal Impact Analysis (20-Jul-2015, posted 20-Oct-2015, supersedes 8-Jun report)
- Fiscal Impact Analysis (8-Jun-2015)
- Special Council Memo of Opinion (17-Feb-2015)
- 129 Parker Ad Hoc Committee Recommendations Report (12-Mar-2014)
- No project-specific meetings currently scheduled
Information about past Visioning Sessions (2013-2014) and the 129 Parker Ad Hoc Committee have been moved to a project archive page. You can still view it for historical context.