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Ossipee residents will see business growth in coming months

INDIAN MOUND PIZZA AND MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE is opening soon in the space next to ValuLand at the Indian Mound Shopping Center on Route 16B in Ossipee. (Mellisa Seamans photo) (click for larger version)
September 15, 2011
OSSIPEE— Several recent developments are bringing small business growth to Ossipee, despite an otherwise slowed economy.

Indian Mound Hardware, currently located in the Indian Mound plaza on Route 16B in Center Ossipee, has received approval from the planning board to construct a new 7,200 square foot store on Route 16 in West Ossipee. The owner, D&G Veracka Family, LLC. received conditional approval from the board, pending submittal of a driveway permit and deeded access to two roads and a letter of approval from the West Ossipee Fire Precinct's acting fire chief. The steel building will be built in front of Ossipee Mountain Estates on the lot bordered by Joshua Road and Mountain View. According to Gene Veracka, the plan is for the new store to continue to offer the variety of items and True Value brand they are known for. Veracka said if all goes as planned new store is expected to be open in Spring 2012.

Moving in to the Indian Mound Plaza and opening soon in the space next to ValuLand is Indian Mound Pizza and Mediterranean Cuisine. The indoor dining and kitchen space has been remodeled and tables and chairs have also been set out for outdoor dining. No word yet on the exact opening date but a sign hangs outside that reads "Opening Soon."

Tuesday night, after press deadline, the town's zoning board was set to hear from two applicants interested in commercial development on either end of town. The first is Whittier Coalition, which is seeking a variance to the town's setback regulations and a variance that will allow them to develop a property that sits in two zones, commercial and rural. The Coalition is proposing to build a campground on the parcel(s) of land situated behind the West Ossipee Fire Station at 2390 Route 16.

The second applicant is The Grainery at 755 Route 16 seeking a variance to permit a restaurant and retail store on their property that will increase the number of peak hour vehicle trips per day.

Read more about the outcome of those two hearings in next week's Carroll County Independent.

Lastly, Wind Song Motor Inn, located at the corner of Route 16 and Route 25 in West Ossipee, has been purchased and is in the process of renovation. The Inn had gone to foreclosure and was purchased by Northway Bank and has been closed since that sale last year. According to a press release from Wason Associates, The Inn features 33 rooms that sit on eight acres of land. The Inn was "transferred June 30, 2011 to Ossipee Hospitality in Lexington, Mass. by Wason Associates on behalf of Northway Bank in Berlin. The combined sale price and capital improvement plan is in excess of $600,000. The buyer plans to make substantial improvements to the property, which was closed at the time of sale."

Varney Smith
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