It’s a busy time in the Reading business community with several new projects in the works around town.
But what is the latest on these projects, and when will they be completed? Patch recently checked in with Reading Staff Planner Jessie Wilson, who provided an update on several happenings in the community.
Artis Senior Living
Towards the end of August, the proposed 64-unit senior living facility that hopes to open on Main Street was approved by the Community Planning and Development Commission, according to Wilson.
The next step for the group would be to seek a special permit through the Board of Appeals. If the facility is approved by the Board of Appeals, Artis planners would be free to apply for demolition or any other permits they may need, and would be able to begin construction.
As of late last week there was no timeline known yet for when the Board of Appeals would take on the topic, Wilson said.
The already existing pediatrics group will be moving to the new building at 30 Haven Street, near Portland Pie.
There is a new building that had a vacant space, and Wilson said Reading Pediatrics has been approved to move in there, but has not yet pulled its building permits. The group is currently located on Woburn Street.
M.F. Charles Building
There have been some delays in the construction of the Main Street building along the way. Wilson said that there still is exterior work to do, and the individual tenants will need to come to the town for their building permits still.
Bunratty Tavern hopes to have outdoor seating and Orange Leaf recently announced it will be joining the businesses in the building. Also in the space will be Northern Bank and Trust and D’Amici’s Bakery.
Wilson said she doesn’t know exactly when the M.F. Charles building will be open for business, but said it is a major addition for the town.
“I don’t know if it’ll be open by the end of October, but definitely by the end of the year,” said Wilson. “Once that is open, it’ll be a big change for Main Street.”