Planning Board to Meet Sept. 4 on Chester College Parcel

CHESTER – A planning board meeting with resident Peter Smith is planned for Wednesday, Sept. 4, to discuss the use of approximately 70 acres of former Chester College of New England property.

Smith has previously met with the planning board to give an overview of his intended use of the property as elderly housing, but according to discussions at the Planning Board’s Wednesday, Aug. 7 meeting, a more in-depth “master plan” is expected at the Sept. 4 meeting.

Engineering company TF Moran and members of the NAI Norwood Group, which is marketing the property, have met with the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) to discuss plans to pull a 1.1 acre parcel off the approximately 70 remaining acres in which Smith is interested. That 1.1 acres contains the Lane and Powers buildings, and the Norwood Group has made it clear that keeping the property attached to the majority of the land is a roadblock to selling the larger piece.

Some members of the ZBA have expressed a desire to see what Smith intends to do with the main property before moving forward with deciding on variance requests for the smaller piece.

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