Planning Board approves plans for new buildings in business park

Feb 13, 2018

An expansion of the Dartmouth Business Park is moving forward, as plans for a drywall company, office space, and a daycare moved forward at recent Planning Board meetings.

Old Reed Road Properties now has approval to construct two new buildings in the park, located near the intersections of Reed and Old Reed Roads. That includes a 6,500 square foot office building with a 3,500 square foot attached daycare, and a 4,250 square-foot warehouse and 1,250 square foot office for a drywalling company.

In January, engineer Richard Rheaume of Prime Engineering approached the board with two proposals for the area, which is zoned as light industry.

The building plans for the daycare and office space were approved at the January meeting so long as the fire department affirms their final plan. Rheaume secured permission to lower the required number of parking spaces from 52 to 46, on the basis that the daycare uses a drop-off zone, reducing parking demand. The new daycare would also replace an existing building which uses a similar parking setup.

Parking plans for the second building, however, was a bit more controversial. The drywalling building initially included parallel parking spaces along a 20-foot access way to warehouse doors. Town zoning bylaws, however, required striped parking spaces and landscaped islands.

At the February meeting, Rheaume presented updated plans which included the recommendations, and the board approved it with no opposition. Rheaume will make sure hte project meets town lighting standards, which he said is just adding a few extra LED lights to illuminate the parking spaces.

Later in the meeting, Planning Board members suggested exterior sidewalks should also be included. As the project had already been approved, the board will send a letter to the company asking for them to be included.

The initial construction phases of filling and clearing could start for the daycare and offices in the next couple of weeks, according to Rheaume. For the drywalling business the company is looking at beginning in March to start construction.

Rheaume said this project once completed will help the area economically.

“It provides tax base without any impact on the infrastructure,” Rheaume said.