Falmouth Planning Board to Discuss Urgent Care Center Design Tuesday Night

FALMOUTH – The Falmouth Planning Board will meet again this evening with project officials from ConvenientMD to discuss a proposal to develop an urgent care facility in town.

At last month’s meeting the board heard about a number of changes that project managers have made to the plan, which now comes in at just over 5,100 square feet.

A number of the original ideas were met with contempt by the board who largely felt that the plan was out of touch with traditional Falmouth architecture.

Other changes include six-over-six double-hung windows facing Davis Straits and a substantial roof overhang to allow for lighting. The alteration lowers the roof-line by roughly two feet, a move designed to aid both safety and security at the facility.

Planning Board Chairman James Cox appeared to be a big fan of the updated roof design.

“The randomness of the roofline is kind of the quirkiness that we have here on Cape Cod,” he said.

“I think you have actually captured it a little bit here, you know it looks like two buildings put together if you drive around our town that’s what we have everywhere.”

To better fit in with its surroundings, designers have opted for dark, asphalt shingles as opposed to the metal roof which had been proposed originally.

Developers also changed their original plan to use clapboard siding in favor of red brick, the aesthetics of which were preferred by board members.

Members of the planning board also brought up concerns about how whether or not the designers ought to have added shudders to achieve a more Cape Cod feel.

“Which of the material we think is important, but it’s also a matter of opinion as to preference,” said ConvenientMD architect Tom Scott, “We can do a lot of different things the building design, so we wanted to show you how we can vary that.”

The possibility of a “statement window,” circular perhaps, remains unresolved as well.

They also expressed uneasiness about how the proposed building materials – again brick walls, asphalt shingles, glass windows – would hold up against often bitter New England winters. Expect more on that this evening.

Tonight’s meeting will begin at 6:30 at Falmouth Town Hall and is expected to include color schematics as well as visual samples.

By DAVID BEATTY, CapeCod.com NewsCenter

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