The former Wayfarer Inn on South River Road in Bedford has been vacant and neglected for about five years. (SUSAN CLARK PHOTO)
Plan would transform Bedford's old Wayfarer Inn site into apartments, restaurants, stores
The plan is to divide the property at 121 South River Road — next to Macy's and the Bedford Mall — into two parcels. One parcel will contain a four-story, 72-unit apartment building, a 5,872-square-foot sit-down restaurant and a 4,000-square-foot fast food restaurant. The other parcel will be used for a 2,900-square-foot bank and two connecting stores of 40,000 square feet and 11,000 square feet.
Engineers TFMoran of Bedford submitted the plan to the town's planning department on Oct. 3 on behalf of property owner Jiten Management of Brockton, Mass. Jeff Kevan, of TFMoran, said no tenants have been finalized.
The property dates back to 1744, when John Goffe, one of the earliest settlers of Bedford, built and operated a series of mills along Bowman Brook. The John Goffe's mill was reconstructed by a descendent, George Woodbury, in 1939. Woodbury rehabilitated the old iron turbine originally installed in 1845 and produced lumber, flour, feed, toys and furniture. The Wayfarer Inn opened in 1962 and closed about five years ago.
Kevan met with some resistance at the Conservation Commission's Oct. 22 meeting regarding preserving the natural features of the property and wetland setbacks.