In response to requests from disgruntled historic district residents, Edgartown selectmen will hold a public hearing next week on the VTA’s planned charging station project at the Church Street bus terminal.

The hearing will begin next Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the Edgartown library conference room. Edgartown selectmen, as well as representatives from the VTA, have said they will be present to answer questions from the public about the project.

Last month, the VTA requested the removal of five shade trees on town land near or on the Church street property in order to commence with a project to install an electric bus charging station at the terminal. Selectmen voted to allow the removal of three of the trees on the condition that they would be replaced elsewhere in the town or on the site. A large linden tree, as well as another tree near the road, will remain in place.

The project will also include a new patio layout, a wooden pergola and new benches on the site — as well as the charging platform on the street.

Residents have spoken up at multiple selectmen’s meetings this past winter about the project, voicing concerns about an increase in bus traffic in the historic district.

At the selectmen’s meeting Monday, town administrator James Hagerty said the VTA would be present at the meeting but he did not know if there would be a presentation. The estimated $1.4 million project received a certificate of appropriateness from the town historic district commission in December 2019, but did not need to go through the town planning or zoning boards. The certificate was updated on Jan. 23 after selectmen voted to keep the large Linden tree.

In other business, selectmen appointed Pam Dolby to the Edgartown zoning board of appeals. Ms. Dolby was chosen from a field of six applicants. Selectmen cited her experience as the former administrator for the zoning board and deep knowledge of the town’s bylaws and regulations in their decision.

“She knows the bylaw backwards and forwards,” selectman Arthur Smadbeck said. “And she knows the town.”