By Vicki Greene, Contributing Writer
Marlborough – At the request of the developer of the Tavern on the Green Project, MCO & Associates, the City Council has rescheduled a public hearing that had been set for Monday, Nov. 5 to Monday, Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. in City Council Chambers, second floor, City Hall.
The proposed 87,000 square-foot Tavern on the Green project at 57 Main Street is one of three mixed use projects planned for the Marlborough Village District that are currently in various stages of the site development and zoning approvals processes.
Developer Mark O’Hagan of MCO & Associates in Harvard has submitted a site plan approval application to the City Council. As required by statute, property owners with a 400-foot radius of the proposed project must be notified and allowed the opportunity to comment at a public hearing.
The site plan for Tavern on the Green, a mixed-use project, includes a five-story building with 55 residential units along with office, retail, restaurant and parking space. Tavern on the Green’s location means it falls within the Marlborough Village District zoning ordinance. The ordinance, passed in late 2014 by the City Council, was an effort to increase economic development in the downtown area.
“Residents were telling us they want a more vibrant downtown and to do that you need more housing to bring in more people,” said City Councilor Joseph F. Delano, Jr.
The developer’s application includes 84 percent of open space with private decks for the residential units and ground level open space which exceeds the current percentage outlined in the Marlborough Village District zoning ordinance so the developer must seek a waiver from the city. In addition, MCO & Associates’ is seeking a Special Permit to increase lot coverage for outdoor restaurant seating.
Following the Nov. 5 public hearing the site plan application will be reviewed by the city’s Professional Site Plan Review Committee.