Bedford health club proposal raises concerns
An aerial view of the plot at 12-8-4 Kilton Road, which would include a health club, retail building and restaurant. (Courtesy Bedford Planning Board)
Nicole Duquette, a project manager at Bedford-based land planning firm TFMoran, and Gene Beaudoin, director of retail development at Saxon Partners, a real estate company in Hingham, Mass., presented the request for conceptual review before the board. The property is owned by 12-8-4 Kilton Road, LLC and is currently classified by the town as in the “Performance Zone.”
The development would also include an approximately 26,000 square-foot general retail building and a 6,000 square-foot sit-down restaurant, which Beaudoin said would be “fast-casual.”
After Goldberg opened the conversation for public comment, several residents of nearby condominium associations stepped forward. Paul Dollins, of 3 Ascot Court, in the Ridgewood at Bedford Condominiums complex, shared his concerns over increases in traffic that could stem from the proposed health club.
Beaudoin responded, saying the original plan did not include one of its current access points. It was added at the suggestion of staff to help Ridgewood Road residents access a traffic light more easily.
Brenda Beal, of 32 Pimlico Court, also located in Ridgewood, said she was worried that crime would increase because of the project’s proximity to her neighborhood.
“I would suggest, before you go far with this project, to take a ride up into Ridgewood and take a look at it,” Maxwell said. “We’ve got 174 condo units there, and plus all of the other elderly housing…I don’t understand how there can be any more traffic applied to that road.”
“Are there going to be windows on the back of [the health club building]?” Maxwell added. “I mean, [people would be] looking in my living room.”
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