By Joan F. Simoneau, Community Reporter
Marlborough – The City Council has approved two projects at the Marlborough Hills complex – a new Learning Experience Child Development Center and a walking trail around the development on Simarano Drive. The site plan permit for the 10,000-square-foot daycare center, approved at the Sept. 14 council meeting, will include 40 parking spaces, outdoor playgrounds and classrooms to accommodate more than 150 children, according to Mammoth Development Company, LLC.
In reporting the unanimous vote of the Urban Affairs Committee to approve the center, Council Chair Joseph Delano said, “We are very sure the daycare center will be quite favorably received by people living there,” referring to employees of GE Healthcare Health Sciences and Quest Diagnostics.
Councilors unanimously approved a communication from City Solicitor Donald V. Rider Jr., on behalf of Conservation Officer Priscilla Ryder, outlining the various conditions of the open space trail system, proposed by Atlantic Marlboro Realty LLC.
“The LLC shall work with the conservation officer to add appropriate signage to the open space trail system where it becomes a part of the city-wide Panther Trail,” stated Ryder.
According to Brian Lawlor of Symmes Maini & McKee Associates, engaged by Symmes Maini & McKee Associates, the trail system begins in the northwest portion of the development of the Simarano Drive sidewalk, continues on the northern portion parallel to Forest Street, then continues on the eastern portion parallel to Results Way and Value Way before reconnecting with Simarano Drive at the southern end of the development.
The Marlborough Hills complex, formerly owned by RCA, Digital Equipment Corporation, Compaq and Hewlett Packard, is on 108 acres off I-495. The development includes apartments, a new five-story Hilton Garden hotel to be constructed, retail stores, restaurants and service establishments, all allowable under the Results Way Mixed Use Overlay District approved by the City Council in 2012.