Developer offers to finish trail


The final leg of Milford’s popular off-street bicycle path may be completed by a private contractor in exchange for permission from the town to drop the 55-plus age restrictions on the Walden Woods condominium development. Natick-based Eastland Partners received a special permit from the Milford Planning Board to build 165 units of age-restricted housing instead of 110, but has since found the market for those units lacking. The developer already has received tentative approval from selectmen and the Planning Board will take up the matter at this week’s meeting, said Town Counsel Gerald Moody. The first two phases of the Upper Charles River Trail, which stretches from the Hopkinton border off Route 85 to Milford’s Main Street and from Holliston to Route 109, had been built with federal grants. However, the final stretch of path would follow a route that also has been discussed as the location of a potential Route 16 bypass, which disqualified it as a candidate for further rail-trail funding. Moody said the developer has asked for the change in its special density permit in exchange for building the $920,000 final phase of the trail to link the other two legs, which would provide a substantial public benefit. The Planning Board is expected to discuss the permit change and conditions at Tuesday’s meeting. - Jose Martinez

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