Urban Affairs approves plans for Chipotle in Marlborough

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Urban Affairs approves plans for Chipotle in Marlborough
Crews work at Wayside Crossing plaza in September. (Photo/Caroline Gordon)

MARLBOROUGH – Chipotle is one step closer to setting up shop at 661 Boston Post Road East.

During the Oct. 26 meeting, the City Council Urban Affairs Committee approved amendments to the special permit and site plan approval for the site.

The proposed restaurant would replace plans for a bank and retail addition in the middle of the site. The Starbucks will stay at its present location.

“The Starbucks is almost finished,” said Urban Affairs Committee Chair Kathleen Robey.

These plans would eliminate a proposed bank and retail addition to Wayside Crossing plaza.

The Chipotle would have indoor seating. However, the drive-through would be for mobile orders only and for those ordering with an app or for delivery drivers such as DoorDash. There would be no outdoor ordering menu.

Some parking spaces would be set aside for mobile customers waiting for their orders, which should reduce the traffic impact at the drive-through, according to attorney Brian Falk, who is acting on behalf of Aubuchon Realty Co. Inc.

City Councilor David Doucette voted to approve the plans, but he said he would like to see some sidewalks or crosswalks installed so that pedestrians will have better access to the site.

As part of the approval, both the Chipotle and Starbucks will receive temporary certificates of occupancy.

The application will be sent to the city solicitor before going back to the City Council.

Robey said she hoped everything will be wrapped up at the council’s Nov. 7 meeting.

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