Jim Petropulos of Hayner/Swanson, Inc. and Ryan Gallmyer of Scannell Properties presented the Planning Board with a proposed 200,000-square-foot distribution center on property owned by Ballinger Properties at the junction of Pettengill Road and Industrial Drive.
In their conceptual discussion at the July 10 Planning Board meeting, Petropulos said the property at 61 and 63 Pettengill Road “is essentially abutted by undeveloped land, and as you know, the Ballinger properties is a large tract of land, and the property to the east there is commercial and industrial property.”
Petropulos said the parcel is the site of a former gravel pit. “What’s being proposed by the owners of the property is they’re seeking to design, permit and construct an approximately 700-foot public road cul-de-sac coming down from Industrial Drive and the Pettengill Road intersection,” Petropulos said. “That new road construction will service essentially three new lots in a small portion of the subdivision in this part of the land.”
He said the distribution center would be located on a 30-acre parcel at the southern end of the cul-de-sac. “What’s being proposed is a one-story distribution center facility that measures approximately 200,000 square feet. There’s a small office component, but the majority is for distribution and warehousing in this facility. Access and utilities are from the public road and there is an employee parking lot on the east side of the site, with approximately 450 parking spaces,” Petropulos said.
Petropulos said the building would be surrounded by outdoor vehicle storage, and access into the site on the south side would have traditional tailboard tractor trailer type loading. On the north side would be smaller doors for vans that would be loaded inside the building.
“It will be a distribution facility. It will have tractor trailers bringing in parcels between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m., the parcels will be sorted by sorters inside the building between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m.,” he explained. “Drivers will then arrive, park their own vehicles in the parking lot, go inside the building, pick up their loaded vans, and make their destination routes.”
Petropulos said that during normal business hours there will be little going on.
“Outbound parcels with an evening sort will be from about 7 p.m. to about 11 p.m. and then the tractor trailers depart around 11 p.m. to destinations around the country, and this operation is repeated on a daily basis,” he said. The anticipated schedule would be to permit and design the project later this summer, with the hope of groundbreaking in the fall of 2013 for an opening in 2014.
Board member Tom Freda asked about infrastructure. “Just to be clear, sir, we’ll be designing this site, the owner and their engineering team will be designing the public road,” Petropulos said. He said the road is intended to meet town standards. “We’ll need sewer, water, telephone, electric and gas, and that’s where we hope to get it from,” Petropulos said. Freda asked about the 450-space parking lot and Petropulos said there would possibly be an overlap of employees and the spaces would serve all of them.
Board member Leitha Reilly asked how much load the trucks carry, and Gallmyer said they would carry small packages of less than 50 pounds. Reilly asked if they were at liberty to identify their client and Petropulos said that they were not.
Chairman Arthur Rugg clarified that the road from the intersection to the cul-de-sac would be a public road, and Petropulos said that was correct. “From the end of the road the facility will be a private site, and it will have a secure fence and gates. It’s a big site and we’re fortunate that we found a place for such a use,” Petropulos said.