BRA nixes Lowe’s Brighton store plan
Boston officials have again rejected a proposal by home improvement giant Lowe’s Cos. to open a store along the Massachusetts Turnpike in Brighton.
The Boston Redevelopment Authority, the city’s planning arm, released a letter in which it declared Lowe’s plan for a 145,000-square-foot store “inadequate,’’ saying the city must conduct a more detailed study of the area before allowing any building to proceed.
It is the second time in two years that Lowe’s plans have been blocked amid concerns from some residents about additional traffic the store would generate around Guest Street.
Lowe’s issued a brief statement last night saying only, “We are disappointed by the letter, and we are evaluating all of our options.’’
Lowe’s proposal also ran into competition from a large corporate neighbor: New Balance disclosed its own plans last winter to redevelop the land where the Lowe’s would have been built.
The shoe maker unveiled those plans even though it doesn’t own the property.