Wednesday, March 17, 2010

LOCAL NEWS: Lowe’s unveils revised Brighton plans

Lowe’s Cos., the home improvement chain, last night presented a revised proposal for a store in Brighton that would feature a single-story building with 145,000 square feet, solar panels, and traffic-mitigation measures at 33 intersections.

The plan, to be filed next week with the city, comes several years after Lowe’s first proposal was stalled because of traffic concerns. The original project called for a 195,000-square-foot, two-story building with a garden center on top, a truck route on Western Avenue, and traffic mitigation measures at 13 intersections, a Lowe’s spokeswoman said.

Responding to community feedback, Lowe’s has adjusted its plan with a smaller footprint, an adjacent garden center, a truck route on Arsenal Street, and $1.65 million allocated for traffic mitigation, including light synchronization, improved striping and lane widening, and other measures.

Lowe’s plan comes about a week after New Balance unveiled its ideas for the Brighton neighborhood without the Lowe’s building, even though the Boston sneaker maker does not own any of the land.

Jenn Abelson Boston Globe March 5, 2010

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