Self-Storage Facility Off Groton Road One Step Closer to Reality
Planning Board reviews improvements made by developer
On Monday night, the Westford Planning Board moved one step closer to approving a 570-unit self-storage facility with an accompanying office that will be constructed on Commerce Way right off of Groton Road.
The project most recently received consideration from the Board on January 7 earlier this year. Board members voted to continue the case until the February 4meeting to allow the development team time to address additional concerns with the Planning and Engineering Departments.
Attorney Doug Deschenes, a partner with Deschenes & Farrell, P.C., and Matt Waterman, a Civil Engineer with Land Tech Consultants, provided representation for the land developer, Cathartes Private Investments. Both Deschenes and Waterman updated the Board with regards to their progress.
Deschenes began the presentation by reviewing a number of changes to the site plan set. He previously provided a letter to Town Planner Chris Kluchman itemizing the changes.
The office space has been enlarged from 600 square feet to 800 square feet. Two additional parking spaces will be constructed to allow for the increase in office size.
Architectural elevations and building floor plans were provided to the town to show how the buildings will appear upon completion. Waterman also reviewed the layout of the site with the Board using a colored rendering.
To accommodate the Fire Department, the size of the on-site cistern has been increased from 10,000 gallons to 32,000 gallons.
Shrubs and trees will be removed from the on-site snow storage area to aide in keeping drive aisles clear during snowfall events.
A waiver request for a full traffic study was also submitted to Town Engineer Paul Starratt as was requested at the previous meeting.
After finishing his presentation, Deschenes praised the parties involved for working together.
“A lot of work went back and forth between Land Tech and the Town Engineer," Deschenes said.
The Planning Board voted to continue the case to the February 19meeting in order to allow the developer time to settle a few remaining matters.