New Restaurant Will Be Plus for Westford
I have been reading with great interest comments made regarding the construction of a farm to table restaurant at 66-68 Boston Road on the site of the former Drew Farms in Westford.
It appears to me that most people are in favor of the restaurant, but some are afraid that the developer, Ebi Masalehdan, will make a profit with the construction and operation of this restaurant. Isn’t that what business owners typically hope to accomplish? At the same time, he will be providing an upscale restaurant option in Westford.
I have seen conceptual drawings of what this restaurant will look like. It appears to fit in very nicely with our Westford character. Further, the silo addition on the back adds to the country atmosphere. I think this restaurant can soften the lovely, but modern appearance of our new fire station directly across the street.
As far as farmland is concerned, six of the nine acres will be farmed with fruit and produce which will be used to supply a portion of the needs of the restaurant. Why wouldn’t people want this? It’s a great use of the otherwise deteriorating property.
With Puma leaving Westford, along with others who have previously relocated, the over $100,000 annual real estate and meal taxes will be an obvious benefit. In addition, I understand the developer has generously offered to contribute over $280,000 to the town to cover the money the town spent in 1999 to purchase the agricultural preservation restriction on that section of the land, including the inflation value over the last 20 years.
I hope that others will join me in supporting this proposal at Town Meeting on March 23 to keep Westford moving forward in a very thoughtful way.