Millbury Planning Board OKs Changes To Fidelity Bank/VFW

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Al Collins representing Fidelity Bank and the Charles Minney VFW Post asked for minor modifications in the building plan for the project and they were granted by the Millbury Planning Board. Photo Credit: Steve Balestrieri

MILLBURY, Mass. —The Fidelity Bank/VFW project located at 16 S. Main St. will look slightly different now after modifications were approved by the Millbury Planning Board on Monday night.

Most of the changes are minor in nature and wouldn’t be noticeable but were necessary due to architectural concerns. Al Collins, representing both Fidelity and the VFW, said the builders would like to remove two attic windows in the gables. Since the windows are in an area that will be difficult to clean, the project backers were concerned they would look terrible in a few years.

At the rear of the building, the roof line will be dropped slightly to match the ceiling levels with the new VFW entrance. The initial plan had called for higher ceilings to bring in more light.

“So, with these changes, we’re not looking at any major structural changes and the building dimensions will remain the same?" Planning Board Chairman Richard Gosselin asked.

Collins said just the pitch on the roof would change slightly. With that, the board voted unanimously to approve the changes.

At the rear of the property will be Armory Park, designating the former site of the Waters Armory from Millbury’s earliest days. Fidelity Bank has contacted Boston Architectural College and, in conjunction with the Asa Waters Mansion, the three parties will develop a landscape plan to decorate the park. Fidelity and the college will submit a written plan to the board as soon as one is completed.

In other business, the board approved a layout recommendation for Lt. Haynes Drive, which will be submitted to the Board of Selectmen Tuesday evening. Town Planner Laurie Connors recently visited the subdivision with members of the Board of Selectmen and she said all parties know the subdivision isn’t perfect but a compromise has been discussed with the developer.

The board approved the layout and Connors will appear before the Selectmen with the recommendation.

There will be an opening on the Planning Board with the retirement of Anna Lewandowski during the upcoming April elections. As of Feb. 25, no person has taken out papers to run for the open seat.

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Planning Board Associate Member Michael Georges has taken out nomination papers to run for the vacating seat.

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