Marlborough extends deadline for Rowe Funeral Home site plan review

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Marlborough extends deadline for Rowe Funeral Home site plan review
The former Rowe Funeral Home on Main Street could make way for a mixed-use development. (Photo/Maureen Sullivan)

MARLBOROUGH – It will take a bit longer before a proposal for the former Rowe Funeral Home on Main Street comes under a site plan review.

During its Dec. 19 meeting, the City Council approved an extension to March 29, 2023, for its decision on a proposal to convert the site into a five-story building that would be a mix of residential and retail.

The site plan review was filed in early October by attorney Brian Falk, on behalf of developer JW Capital Partners LLC.

The current plans call for ground-floor retail/restaurant space along Main Street along with 99 residential units made up of 72 one-bedroom/studio units and 27 two-bedroom units. The developers are also proposing 25 ground-floor parking spaces, a 20-by-30-foot pool and a courtyard adjacent to Union Common.

According to the application, “This project has been designed to comply with the dimensional and design requirements of the Marlborough Village District without special permit relief.”

The site is on the corner of High and Exchange streets, adjacent to Union Common.

The former John P. Rowe Funeral Home was built in 1845 as a single-family home. It is listed with the Massachusetts Historical Commission’s Massachusetts Cultural Resource Information System (MACRIS) as the John E. Curtis/Hollis Loring II House.