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DEVENS — In a move described primarily as bookkeeping, the Devens Enterprise Commission has voted to accept two roads at Devens.

The commission voted unanimously to accept Auman and Bates streets after a public hearing and minimal discussion June 7.

The hearing was requested by MassDevelopment, said agency representative Jean Marc Aurel.

A recent review of records shows Bates Street was never officially accepted as a public way, he said, even though MassDevelopment treats it as such.

Auman Street is a public way, but there isn’t a layout for it on file, he said. That leaves ambiguity about where the road and neighboring properties should be from a legal standpoint, he said, which should be cleared up.

Marc Aurel characterized the request as squaring away details, though he said there’s a potential issue of police not being able to pull over motorists on Bates Street if it remains a private way.

The commission’s approval is part of a two-step process for accepting roads at Devens, said commission Director Peter Lowitt. The MassDevelopment board of directors will also have to approve the move.

Both roads run through a residential area that’s between Vicksburg Square and the West Rail Industrial Area. – Nathan Lamb

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