A masonry company hoping to locate its operation off South Wakefield Street is dealing with the remains of the manufacturing company that formerly occupied the same space.
Sanchez Brothers Concrete and Masonry first submitted site plans to the town’s Technical Review Committee in October, 2014 for the 2.4 acres zoned heavy industrial at 102. S. Wakefield St., where the company wants to build an office and five bays for storing masonry materials.
“It was a pretty basic site plan, just access for trucks off Wakefield Street, a small office, storing product on site,” said Planning Director Mark Hetrick. “I think they were going to park some of their trucks there as well. They’re a smaller operation – not like an S.T. Wooten.”
The project hit a snag, however, when the TRC alerted the company of an ordinance the town adopted in 2010 requiring special stormwater improvements for sites with 20,000 or more square feet of impervious surface.
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The amount of impervious surface Sanchez Brothers proposed in the site plan was less than 20,000 square feet. But existing concrete slab from the former Beck Brothers Veneer Company pushed the total amount of impervious surface on the site to more than 36,000 square feet.
“There is some very thick concrete back there,” town planner Julie Spriggs said of the middle-to-back portion of the lot. “The foundation from one of the (former) buildings was still intact – very thick concrete pads where previous demolition of the building didn’t take the foundation up.”
By removing enough of the concrete to decrease the total impervious surface on the site to 19,999 square feet or less, the company would avoid the extra improvement work.
Owner Adan Sanchez on Wednesday said he doesn’t have a firm timeline on removing the old slab, but that it may take place over the next few months.
“We cleared out some already, but not too much,” Sanchez said. “There’s a lot left.”
The planning department has had some inquiries from residents regarding the site, some who didn’t know it had been sold to a masonry company and others who wanted to know more about the clearing and dumping of materials they had noticed there.
Hetrick said the company is not supposed to store materials at the location prior to site plan approval.
“It was a little bit of a communication thing. I think they were under the impression they had approvals, but it turned out they didn’t,” Hetrick said.
The planning department notified the company and it has since ceased dumping on the site, Hetrick said.