Weymouth: Request for a motel will have to wait

Jay Patel’s request for a motel on Washington Street, at the previous location of Bernie & Phyl’s, was dismissed by the Department of Planning and Site Plan Review Wednesday afternoon. The Planning Director explained that due to zoning violations in the parking layout, the application will be passed to the Zoning Board of Appeals.

Although more than 40 Weymouth residents attended the scheduled meeting, the director did not allow public comment about the controversial application.

Residents like Diane Oliverio are concerned that the two-story housing unit will attract similar activity as the Super 8 Motel owned by Patel, “We do not need another motel; we have two and they’re quite large. I don’t believe they are both at all used for families out of town looking for a vacation spot. I do not believe that’s so.”

District 2 Councilor T.J Lacey stated that he was happy with the department’s decision because it will allow the town more time to consider the proposal, “The applicant chose the month of December to submit this while understanding the town is required within 30 days to respond, leaving the town little flexibility of appropriate timing to have such an important meeting.”

Patel’s Attorney John Walker stated that he believed his client should have been given the chance to address parking concerns before delaying the process further.

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With a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Boston under her belt, Trisha McNeilly joins us full-time as a general assignment and breaking news reporter having previously interned for WBZ-1030 AM in Boston. A South Shore resident her whole life, McNeilly grew up in Pembroke and is 22-years old.