Thursday, December 6, 2012
The old Finnerty's site at 150 Main Street has drawn plenty of dissenters and supporters. Tuesday night provided another opportunity for voices to be heard.
It's been three months since the Finnerty's site developers were last in front of residents during a public hearing. On Tuesday, a packed Wayland Senior Center heard that much work has been done in those 90 days, and the crowd of about 70 people had the chance to air both their concerns and their support. Matthew Levy, who purchased the Finnerty's site in early 2011 in partnership with fellow Wayland resident Jesse Adelman, explained that they have spent the past three months rethinking the design for the corner. "We’ve been working with our tenant to modify plans in response to feedback we have heard from the Design Review Board, Planning Board and the public,” Levy said. The plan proposed at the first public hearing on Sept. 4 included …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The continuation of the public hearing for the Wayland site has been postponed until Dec. 4.
The continuation of the public hearing for the Finnerty's redevelopment has once again been postponed, this time until Tuesday, Dec. 4. Developers Matthew Levy and Jesse Adelman first met with the Planning Board at a public hearing on Sept. 4. The continuation of that hearing has since been postponed on several occasions. The delay in the hearing, however, doesn't mean that work hasn't continued. Two veteran restaurateurs have signed an agreement to open an as-yet-unnamed restaurant at the property located on the corner of Main and West Plain streets. Additionally, Levy and Adelman have been working on the overall site plan, which has been proposed as a two building development: One building a CVS and the other a restaurant with some …
Friday, November 2, 2012
Resident Bret Leifer provided the letter below.
Friday, November 2, 2012
I recently read a letter to the editor, in which Wayland Fire Chief Vinnie Smith has now decided that he can live with a double driveway egress from the Finnerty site to Main Street. Before the Planning Board meeting on Sept. 4, the chief said he was against a curb cut that would create a driveway on Main Street. A few weeks later, Chief Smith said he could live with a curb cut on Main Street. Now he can live with a large double-driveway on Main Street across from the Cochituate fire station. I may be naïve; I may be stupid -- but I don’t get it. I thought the fire chief was supposed to be in charge of safety? Now he is advocating two massive driveways that would be approximately 20-30 feet across on Main Street. When middle school and …
Monday, October 29, 2012
Thomas Oliveri and Dylan Welsh have years of experience in the restaurant industry. Now they're looking forward to a new venture at the Finnerty's site in Wayland.
A look around Five Horses Tavern on a Wednesday afternoon reveals business suit clad patrons enjoying a comfortably sophisticated lunch hour as well as a what appears to be a couple of girlfriends sharing stories and appetizers. It’s the diverse kind of crowd that makes Five Horses owner Dylan Welsh smile. And it’s the kind of crowd that he hopes to see in the restaurant he and fellow restaurateur Thomas Oliveri will open at the revitalized Finnerty’s Village site in Cochituate. “It’s going to be a local gathering place,” Oliveri said. “A place where everyone feels comfortable, with good food at a moderate price.” Welsh and Oliveri are under agreement to bring a Five Horses-style restaurant, with outdoor seating, a modern American menu, …
Monday, October 15, 2012
The hearing has now been postponed a third time.
The Planning Board opened a public hearing on Sept. 4 to hear comments regarding plans for the redevelopment of the Finnerty's Village property at the corner of Main and West Plain streets. A continuation of that hearing was originally scheduled for Sept. 24 and now been postponed to Tuesday, Oct. 30.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Wayland Fire Chief Vincent Smith submitted this letter in an effort to "set the record straight" about the Finnerty's Village development.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
In a letter to the editor, published in two local newspapers recently, my position about the Finnerty’s Village plan for a "curb cut" on Main Street was mischaracterized. Allow me to set the record straight. As fire chief in Wayland, my position is based solely on my responsibility to maintain a safe and efficient response from the fire stations for the benefit of the public we serve and the safety of the responding firefighters. It is also important to bring the trucks safely back to the fire station after the emergency is over. It is clear to me that the original proposal of an unrestricted entrance and exit to the Finnerty’s Village development on Main Street will adversely impact the movement of the Fire Department trucks and crews …
Thursday, September 6, 2012
About 60 people attended a Sept. 4 public hearing on the proposed development in Wayland's Cochituate Village.
It was standing room only at a Sept. 4 Wayland Planning Board public hearing on developers’ plans to replace the former Finnerty’s restaurant in Cochituate with commercial property featuring a CVS and a second building with office and restaurant space. About 60 people attended the hearing, and 15 addressed their concerns or compliments on the project to the board. Criticism ranged from traffic and safety issues to simply not wanting a CVS in the village, while others said they would be happy to see activity at the vacant corner of Main and West Plain streets. The proposed project, by Wayland developers Jesse Adelman and Matt Levy, includes about 25,700-square-feet of commercial space, including an approximately 11,000-square-foot CVS …
Friday, July 27, 2012
Developers for the Finnerty's site met with Wayland's Design Review Board for a second time Thursday night.
Developers for the Finnerty’s site met again with the Design Review Board Thursday night, but this time the DRB had official comments to dispense and members of the public showed up to share their thoughts as well. At the top of the topic list for both members of the DRB and members of the public was to preserve the look and “village” feel that they say the Finnerty’s building has brought to the corner of Main Street and West Plain Street for decades. Developers Matt Levy and Jesse Adelman have proposed constructing two buildings on a combined four parcels of land. The building they propose for the corner section of the property would be a 10,880 square foot, colonial style CVS. A second building, located on West Plain Street, is proposed …
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Here's a look back at some top headlines the week of July 16-22.
Finnerty's Site Developers Discuss Plans with Design Review Board Developers for the Cochituate site met with the Design Review Board to discuss plans for the long-vacant corner. Woodchips Help Fuel Sunday Brush Fire The Wayland Fire Department battled a half-acre blaze last week that they say was partly fueled by woodchips left behind after Nstar clear-cutting. Nstar Representatives Return to Wayland Part 1: Nstar Representatives Discuss Mitigation Plans Part 2: Residents Say Nstar Could Have Compromised Town Water Supply Part 3: Residents Question Nstar's Plans for Herbicide Use Blog: Their Astonishment at My Family Treasures Blogger Marie Hall said she's glad she held on to some of the "treasures" that represent memories of her parents …
Monday, July 16, 2012
Plans for the site remain in early stages, but Wayland's Design Review Board asked questions last week.
It's been years since the old Finnerty's site at the corner of West Plain and Main Street bustled with customers, but a new life for the old site is beginning to take shape. On Thursday night, members of Wayland's newly formed Design Review Board met with Jesse Adelman and Matt Levy, the Wayland residents who partnered to purchase the site last year, and other representatives for the developers. Thursday's meeting was a time for DRB members to ask questions of Levy, Adelman, their lawyer and engineer. The board is advisory only, and exists to "assist property owners and developers with the design process and issue an advisory opinion to the town boards based on the Wayland Design Guidelines to enhance, protect and promote development …