Daycare Proposed For Tewksbury Main Street Site

TEWKSBURY, MA — A daycare has been proposed for a Main Street site in Tewksbury. The proposal is for a 15,000-square-foot, two-story building.

The same applicant previously applied to build a daycare at the site but later withdrew the proposal. The original plan was for a single-story structure; the new plan with a two-story has a smaller footprint, Ben Osgood of Ranger Engineering Group told the Planning Board at its Dec. 18 meeting.

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The proposal will require waivers to be approved both for the number of parking spaces and parking buffers.

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The current iteration of the plans calls for 40 parking spaces. Osgood said the applicant would only need about 35 spaces and that the five remaining would be reserve spaces.

“They have a standard footprint; they build these in many locations across the country,” he said. “They think Tewksbury is a great location for their facility.”

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The applicant is a national company, though Osgood did not name the company.

The site is at 770 Main St. Tewksbury Federal Credit Union and Main Street Learning Academy are adjacent.

The daycare will accommodate about 170 students ranging from infants to preschoolers.

The board expressed concerns about the number of students at the small site. They also were critical of the placement of a pedestrian walkway in the middle of the parking lot. The walkway could be a safety hazard, and board members recommended plans include a walkway around the perimeter instead.

No residents spoke on the proposal.

The board voted to continue the proposal to its Jan. 8 meeting.

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