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Traveler's Inn motel out, McDonalds in

Inn to be torn down and replaced by restaurant by end of year

May 14, 2009
LITTLETON—By the end of the year, barring unforeseen problems—the Traveler's Inn will be demolished to make room for a new McDonalds restaurant.

The motel, located right off the southbound exit of Interstate 93 and formerly called the Continental 93, is perfectly situated right off the highway, developers said. The current McDonald's, down the road on Meadow Street, will close when the new one is open.

"We're hoping to be in by the end of the year," said Dick Mayer, a broker who represents property owner Dinesh Patel, of Chicopee, Mass. "As soon as the permitting process permits us to we'll begin construction." The restaurant will be between 3,500 and 3,800 square feet, Mayer said.

Mike Norman, an engineer with Horizons Engineering in Littleton, said he had appeared before the Planning Board recently for a lot line adjustment, creating a small 1.28-acre lot on the property where the restaurant will go. This was done for purposes of taxes, Norman said.

Currently Norman said he is seeking Department of Environmental Services permits as well as a Department of Transportation (DOT) permit to create another driveway, in addition to the Old Dells Road, which accesses the property.

At first Patel wanted to create a new driveway about 200 feet farther down Meadow Street to access the property but the abutters, Bryan and Casey Hadlock objected. Casey attended last week's Board of Selectmen meeting and gave the board a letter detailing his objection to moving the Old Dells Road access and asked to be informed by town officials of any talks to be conducted with DOT.

"Having the driveway 200 feet farther down the road makes it harder for our customers to get to us," Hadlock said Monday. In addition to Hadlock Insurance, an engineering firm and an apartment occupy their building.

Norman said Monday that the second driveway was a response to the Hadlocks' objection to moving the road. He and the Hadlocks will be traveling to Concord for a meeting with DOT to discuss the additional access to the property. The two parties will push for the compromise, as it will be best for both businesses, Norman said.

"The final decision will rest with DOT," Norman said.

Norman said he hopes construction can begin at the end of July with completion by December. Patel is responsible for site work and permitting and will continue to own the property but lease it to McDonalds, which will build the restaurant.

Mayer said he also represented the 99 Restaurant when they built on Meadow Street several years ago. He praised the town government for being very business friendly and easy to work with.

"There are a lot of communities in New England that aren't," Mayer said. "Littleton is a great town to work with."

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