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MARION, Mass. --
received permission to build its first two-story store in Marion, Mass., the company announced. It will raze the building on-site and rebuild a new store with two levels, three gas pumps with six lines, a bike rack, LED lighting, new public bathrooms, extensive landscaping and redone curb cuts to ensure public safety, according to the company. The store is expected to open by mid-November.
"[The new operation] is a more intense use, but this project adds public restrooms, handicap accessibility, and the number of items in the store does not increase substantially nor does the number of pumps increase substantially," said Vice Chairman Tom Magauran. "The two-story structure makes it more consistent with the area. This is definitely an improvement over the existing structure."
The approved plans are part of a settlement between Marion and Cumberland Farms after the town denied the company's original application last fall. Approval is conditional on other boards' and departments' endorsement of related applications, such as a Special Permit to allow underground tanks. A hearing is scheduled for June 6. However, once the permit is approved, "We’re basically there, moving onto the building project at that point," said Doug Troyer, representing Cumberland Farms.
At the May 9 meeting where the Board granted conditional approval, company representatives also finalized business related to the new application, including Board approval of an Approval Not Required (ANR) perimeter plan, which provides a three-year zoning protection to the site. Cumberland Farms also agreed to update its plan to reflect the latest changes.