GROTON -- Continuations of a pair of major public hearings left members of the Planning Board with only a pair of lesser items with which to contend at their meeting of March 28.

First up was a presubmission review of plans by the Bank of America to renovate portions of its Main Street branch to make them more handicapped-accessible.

Architect Steven Newbold told board members that the upgrades were part of a larger endeavor by Bank of America to make its banks more accessible.

Particular branches were selected for the upgrades, with the one in Groton among them.

Newbold said upgrades include leveling portions of the parking lot, repaving walkways and widening the doorways in the vestibule.

Because the changes did not require major study, the board voted to waive a formal site-plan review for the project.

Next on the agenda was an approval-not-required, or ANR, plan for a 26.3-acre parcel at 373 Lowell Road.

Board members told attorney Robert Collins, representing Robert Kiley, that if approved, the plan would create a new 24-acre parcel, with 2.3 acres shaved off and added to a separate 11-acre lot and the resultant total of 13.3 acres to be given to the Water Department.

The larger parcel, with 330 feet of frontage along Lowell Road, would be used for later development.

According to Collins, however, plans for that development would not be far off.


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With plans to submit a site plan for the remaining 24 acres to the board for review soon, Collins said that as many as eight houses could be constructed on the property in addition to an already existing home.

Seeing no problems with the proposal to sever the 2.3-acre parcel from the 24 as planned, board members voted to endorse the plan.

Also representing landowner Gerald Croteau, owner of the former Colonial Stoneyard off North Street, Collins informed the board that he was not prepared for a scheduled public hearing on his client's plan to develop the property.

Collins asked that the hearing be delayed until April 4 to give his client more time to address concerns raised about the project by the board's land-use consultant.

Croteau's plans call for the development of his North Street property as the Bluestone Drive Residential Development.

As things stand, the project will divide Croteau's 20-acre property, the former site of the Colonial Stoneyard, into at least seven lots, with half the acreage to remain as open space.

Most of the lots created would be reserved for home construction along a 400-foot access road taking the form of an elliptical cul-de-sac, with a single lot set aside for a pair of possible affordable units, which would be located in the former stoneyard's existing office building, to be renovated for the purpose.

Also delayed until the board's meeting of April 4 was a public hearing dealing with a request for a modification of the special permit awarded to the developers of the Boynton Meadows subdivision.