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Thursday, February 15, 2007

Wayside wins one legal battle in fight over youth center

FRAMINGHAM

Wayside Youth and Family Support Network has cleared a legal hurdle in its bid to build a school and six townhouse-style group homes for teenagers with learning disabilities in Framingham.

A land court judge sided with town planners and Wayside in a lawsuit filed by nearby residents in the Lockland Avenue neighborhood challenging the town's decision to approve the center.

While the decision, dated Tuesday, settles the zoning dispute, a separate lawsuit filed against the Framingham Board of Selectmen is still pending. In April 2006 the board rejected the center's building permit, citing neighbors' concerns about traffic.

But Wayside sued, claiming the selectmen discriminated against the center in their decision. Unless the selectmen's decision is reversed, Wayside still will not be able to build the center.

-- John C. Drake

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