With much less fanfare than with his last development project, Chuck Lawrence presented plans to the town’s planning board this week for an expansion at his TradeWinds Market Place.
The plans call for a total expansion of 2,840 square feet of space, including a separate 20-by-50-foot storage building out back and a 14-by-120-foot expansion along the front of the existing building. The project would move rest rooms to the front of the building, freeing space for a planned beer cave at the rear of the store.
“That will let me display all the beer in one place,” Lawrence told the planning board members on Monday, August 12. “And I’ll be able to add 15 doors of freezer space as well.”
Although the planning board reviewed the submission requirements, it determined that the project did not require board approval and voted to send it to the town’s code enforcement officer Judy Jenkins for review.
According to planning board Chairman Peter d’Entremont, Jenkins had sent the application to the board because the project was an expansion of a previous project that the board had approved. Lawrence had requested that a public hearing be waived, and the board was prepared to do that, but after discussion, decided that a hearing was not needed and that the review and permitting could be handled by the code enforcement officer.
The board determined the project is a minor development and that it would not increase congestion or expand the impervious surface on the property. All of the expansion will take place on areas that already are paved. The new storage building will be built on existing paved parking area at the rear of the building. The expansion of the store itself will extend an existing jog at the front of the building on an area that already is paved.
The size of the project, 2,840 square feet, is well within the 10,000-square-foot limit the code enforcement officer is authorized to review and approve.
Lawrence’s last development project, the commercial space that now houses the Dunkin’ Donuts shop, did involve a planning board review and included several public comment sessions at board meetings as well as a well-attended public hearing.
According to Jenkins, who spoke to the board via telephone, she will notify abutters of the proposed project and they will have 30 days to comment.
The project will require other permits, most notably, a plumbing permit. The relocation of the bathrooms will require interior plumbing work and a relocation of the sewer line from the building. The new section of sewer line, however, will tie into an existing line on the TradeWinds property that already leads to the town’s sewer lines.
The project is expected to cost between $350,000 and $400,000. Lawrence said he hoped to begin construction soon after Labor Day, possibly by September 15. It will take about four months to complete the work.