Many of the board members were wary of what they saw as "a big-box design."
"My main comment is that it's awfully boxy in a part of town where there's a lot of pitched roofs," planning board member Katherine McCarthy said in December. "I can tell you what I'm not looking for, a big box."
Fellow board member Kate Powers shared similar sentiments.
"I agree. I believe the comprehensive plan calls for sloped roofs. This is a major departure from what is there," Powers said of the renderings shown at the meeting. "This is a crucial area of town; this is the Four Corners; and this is the area everyone focuses on when they come to town. I think you can do better."
McCarthy added, "I'm also worried about setting a precedent."
Board member Christine Motta also agreed with the "boxiness" of the proposal, but said she did like the proposed pillars on the outside of the building.
Morelli said he hasn't counted out the renovation and said that Key Bank could come back to the planning board with the proposal or a new one.
"It was always a challenging site," Morelli said. "They just decided to put it on hold for now.""