Petition Says New Sharon Commons Layout is Off-Target
Representatives of the retail complex are scheduled to meet with the Sharon Zoning Board of Appeals again Wednesday night.
The new configuration changes "the character of the project from a that of a 'lifestyle' mall to that of a 'power' mall," according to the document, which 47 people had signed as of 9:09 this morning.
The petitioners are asking the Sharon Zoning Board of Appeals to "select a site plan more in keeping with the scope of authority granted by the voters of the Town of Sharon at town meeting for a 'lifestyle' mall," the document says.
The zoning board is scheduled to meet with Sharon Commons representatives again Wednesday night at the Sharon Town Offices. The board meets at 7 p.m.
The building layout change requested by Target requires the same three phases of ZBA approval the developers, Sharon CF II LP, completed last July 13, attorney Robert Shelmerdine told the Sharon Board of Health during an informal meeting Monday night.
Phase one is a two-dimensional site plan, with parking, Shelmerdine explained. Phase two shows the utilities. Phase three shows the buildings' aesthetics.
"Target said, 'Nope, we don't like that orientation, and we want to make the access a little bit different,'" Shelmerdine explained.
The roughly 59-acre site is bordered by Old Post Road and Interstate 95.
Target and BJ's Wholesale Club will be the first tenants in the development.
Shelmerdine said the project started with about 450,000 square feet of retail space.
The new figure is nearly 400,000 square feet, he said.