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New retail complex gets the go ahead

September 10, 2009
OSSIPEE — Construction of a new retail complex containing a Tractor Supply and Family Dollar store on the corner of Route 16 and Route 28 is scheduled to start this fall and could be finished by the spring.

During its meeting on Sept. 1, the planning board approved the site plan proposed by the Hutton Construction company, of Chattanooga, Tenn., to construct three new buildings including a 19,000 square foot Tractor Supply store with an attached 8,000 square foot Family Dollar store. The plan also calls for a detached 6,000 square foot medical office to be built nearby.

According to Zoning Enforcement Officer David Senecal, Hutton could be prepared to break ground this week.

The buildings will be constructed in a triangular piece of land between Isaac Buswell Road, Route 28, and Route 16. Drivers will be able to enter and exit from Route 16 and a connector road between Route 28 and Isaac Buswell Road.

Planning Board Chairman Bruce Parsons said the location is perfect for those businesses because of its proximity to the two highways. It's probably the biggest construction project that has come before the board in about eight to 10 months.

"In this economy any project is a good project," said Parsons.

During the Sept. 1 meeting, the site plan was presented by Hutton's Eric Emery and Joseph Persechino of Appledore Engineering of Portsmouth.

In an e-mail Persechino wrote the new buildings could be done by spring.

The project has been in the planning stages for about a year, said Senecal. At the beginning of the process, the remains of three persons were discovered in the middle of the lot.

The bodies, estimated to be around 200 years old, were relocated to Chickville Cemetery.

In other planning board business, the board scheduled a private site walk on Brown's Ridge Road Gravel Pit on Sept. 15. Last week, the board issued the pit's owner, L. Benoit Thibault a town gravel permit so that he could continue operations on his property. Abutters Richard and Barbara Higgins, of Colbourne Drive, complained about dust, truck traffic, and noise issues. They urged the board to inspect the property. After the site walk, the board will reconvene at 7 p.m. at town hall to review its findings.

Martin Lord & Osman
Varney Smith
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