Members voted 8-1 to approve the proposal, which merges two
lots, 258 and 266, currently vacant and overrun with weeds.
The combined triangular space is about 1.3 acres and is
bordered by the Boston Post Road to the east, Plains Road to the north and West
Clark Street to the south.
Board member Ward Willis cast the sole dissenting vote.
Willis echoed what speakers at an earlier public hearing said about the proposal: that a gas station would only make traffic problems worse at an already messy nearby intersection. He said there are better uses
for the site.
Chairman Mark Bender also worried about the potential for
traffic to back up before the light next to Dunkin' Donuts across the street, as
motorists would wait to turn left into the proposed gas station.
Board member Joseph DellaMonica, Jr. suggested removing the
Boston Post Road entrance. But City Planner David Sulkis said the state
Department of Transportation approved the curb cut and because Route 1 is a
state road, the city has no jurisdiction there.
In an earlier presentation to the board, the applicants said
35 percent of drivers are expected to turn left as opposed to right when
entering Cumberland Farms from Milford’s main artery.
A left turn out of the lot onto Boston Post Road is
prohibited under the proposal, which also includes curb cuts on West Clark
Street and Plains Road.
As all board members agreed the current blighted state of
the property is an eyesore, it was decided that the city could refer back to
the state for possible design changes – including speed bumps back of the
convenience store to deter motorists from cutting through to Bailey Lane –
should serious traffic problems arise.