The site in the Heights where Panera customers once gathered as if it were a second home expects to see activity again by January.
Bagelville, a sandwich shop now at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, plans to open in Arlington in the new year.
Sergio Concalves, the Brazilian owner who worked his way up from dishwasher two decades ago, was so eager about opening that in August he posted signs in the windows at 1398 Mass. Ave. saying "Coming soon."
Hopes to move the project along in September were put off, but Goncalves and company representatives came before the Redevelopment Board Monday, Nov. 4. The board approved requests for parking and sign changes.
Gracie Dos Passos, representing Bagelville, told YourArlington Nov. 5 that January opening is expected with seats for 64. Panera had 71 seats.
March 6, 2013: Panera in Heights to close
The Redevelopment Board received a menu Nov. 4, but Dos Passos said that was tentative and that the company was still working on it. Here is the menu at Faneuil Hall, according to the Bagelville website.
Attorney Richard Keshian, representing Bagelville at the Nov. 4 meeting, asked the board to consider discussing parking with respect to the 3,500-square- foot Bagel space in addition to the 2,400 square feet next door, so the parties would not have to return to a future meeting. The latter space is the former location of Jenny Craig.
Keshian withdrew the request after Chairman Michael Cayer said the board had received no plan for the latter space.
"You're asking us to engage in speculation," board member Bruce Fitzsimmons said. He noted that requirements for restaurant and retail spaces differ.
Cayer added: "We want to work with you ....We believe this can be a vibrant area of town."
Sign changes were approved after the board saw a drawing showing a large bagel image, which would have light around it as well as around the sign.
The sign's height exceeds the 4-foot requirement, but a member noted Panera's sign was higher.
The sign plans are dated Sept. 9, but stamped Oct. 31.
Urgent Care coming
In a related matter, the board approved changes for signs and parking for CareWell, an urgent-care facility that plans to occupy the space at 1406 Mass. Ave., where Gymboree had been. CareWell and Bagelville are part of The Village Shops, owned by Bierbrier Development.
Arlington attorney Mary Winstanley O'Connor, representing CareWell, said residents could see a doctor or get a flu shot a there.
CareWell has nine locations in the Bay State and one in Rhode Island, according to its website. Among them are three in this area: The website already lists Arlington's; two others are at 1400 Cambridge St., Cambridge, and 58 Bedford St., Lexington.
Board members raised issues about where the signs should be, what will be in the front windows and whether the front door will provide access. The reception area is to be in the back.
Carol Kowalski, town planning director, said other businesses in town are encouraged to keep their windows clear and its front door available to customers.
The 5-0 vote of approval called for front-door access.
Update on Arlington 360
Jake Upton of Upton + Partners provided an update about Arlington 360, the largely high-end housing development on the site of the former Symmes Hospital. Some of his points:
-- Upper Vista Park under construction; planting was expected by the end of the week of Nov. 4;
-- Lower Vista Park has been graded;
-- Some units in building 4 are occupied;
-- Building 3 is to be finished mid-December;
-- The contractor for BrightView, the assisted-living facility that aims for February completion, has had an issue with NStar, which turned off power, requiring a generator, which makes noise;
-- Neighbors have approved weekend work;
-- The development, whose history dates to 2001, is heading toward a time for celebration, likely to be discussed first Redevelopment Board meeting in December.
This story was published Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013.
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