Decision on Temple Sugar Shack expansion could come next week

  • Ben's Sugar Shack owner Ben Fisk plans to consolidate his operations to a new facility on a lot along Route 101 in Temple. Staff photo by Ben Conant

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 4/21/2021 1:20:05 PM

A decision could come as early as next Thursday about the proposed expansion of Ben’s Maple Products LLC in Temple. The Temple ZBA scheduled a meeting for April 29 to hear additional testimony from a second traffic expert after a discussion during their meeting on Tuesday evening.

Ben’s Maple Products LLC initially proposed a 16,080-square-foot building proposed for the corner of Route 101 and Webster Highway last September. The Board opted to hire their own real estate and traffic consultant after deeming the applicant’s expert testimony insufficient in early March. 

The Board had been skeptical of the applicant’s traffic expert’s estimate that the store would attract a maximum of six vehicles per hour in the morning, but the second consultant’s review as presented last night didn’t reexamine that rate, ZBA Chair John Kieley said.

“This retail space is going to offer maple syrup products, but also a deli, bakery, meat market, fish market, various frozen products, household goods, et cetera,” Kieley said. The second hired traffic consultant agreed to review the peak morning traffic rate over the next week and present their findings next Thursday, he said. The ZBA will begin deliberation on the proposal after they receive the last of the testimony, he said.

Applicant Ben Fisk has said he plans to construct the building under agricultural zoning provisions if the current application is rejected, the only difference being what products the building would be allowed to stock.


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