GROTON -- Following a fairly smooth review process, the Planning Board voted unanimously to grant landowner Peter Myette a special permit to construct a medical office building on his property at 120 Boston Road.

The 5-0 vote taken at the board's meeting of Jan. 9 was made with little comment on a list of conditions that accompanied the decision.

Doing business as PCM Realty Trust, Myette received permission to develop the 3-acre lot at his Boston Road property and to construct a two-story building on it intended for medical office space.

According to the special permit, the building will encompass 16,610 square feet and will include landscaping and parking for 98 vehicles.

Wording in the special permit also states that the approved design is "consistent with the concept plan approved at the 2013 spring Town Meeting" and that "the proposed building is harmonious with the architectural integrity of surrounding businesses."

The latter declaration was an important finding for Myette, whose plans were dogged throughout the review process by abutter and Avalon Home Design owner Dottie Mack, who raised concerns that the proposed building would overshadow her own, encroach on the property line, cause flooding, and otherwise interfere with her business.

Although Mack didn't appear at the Jan. 9 meeting, a final provision in the special permit allows for "any person aggrieved" by the decision to appeal the board's decision within 20 days of its filing with the town clerk.


Meanwhile, however, Myette intends to make plans to file for a building permit with the town and to begin construction operations in the spring.

Finding that the project conforms to the town's zoning bylaws, including the fact that medical offices would serve the economic and social well being of the community in the form of tax revenue and health care, the board declared that the building would "have a positive" impact on the town.

Among conditions listed as part of the special permit, the developer is required to coordinate with the state's Department of Transportation on access to Route 119, screen rooftop HVAC equipment from public view, build a stormwater control system according to state standards, use landscaping to cut headlight glare off the property, install directed outdoor lighting, and connect with public water and sewer systems.

Still outstanding is the board's permission to erect a sign on the property. Something the two sides intend to settle at a separate hearing to be held on Feb. 13.

Voting in favor of the special permit were Jason Parent, George Barringer, Russell Burke, Timothy Svarczkopf and Chairman John Geiger.

Board members Scott Wilson and Carolyn Perkins were absent.