Temple maple sugaring company presents expansion plan

  • 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

  • The proposed plans for a new 16,080 square foot building to house Ben's Sugar Shack operations, as presented at a Zoom meeting on Sept. 29, 2020. Courtesy image—

  • The proposed plans for a new 16,080 square foot building to house Ben's Sugar Shack operations, as presented at a Zoom meeting on Sept. 29, 2020. Courtesy image—

  • The proposed plans for a new 16,080 square foot building to house Ben's Sugar Shack operations, as presented at a Zoom meeting on Sept. 29, 2020. Courtesy image—

  • The proposed plans for a new 16,080 square foot building to house Ben's Sugar Shack operations, as presented at a Zoom meeting on Sept. 29, 2020. Courtesy image—

  • The proposed plans for a new 16,080 square foot building to house Ben's Sugar Shack operations, as presented at a Zoom meeting on Sept. 29, 2020. Courtesy image—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 9/30/2020 4:54:19 PM

The Temple Zoning Board heard  the proposal for a building that would expand and consolidate Ben’s Sugar Shack operations over a Zoom meeting that attracted about 40 participants on Tuesday night.

The proposed 16,080-square-foot building at the corner of Route 101 and Webster Highway would replace and consolidate the operations that currently span four buildings and several outdoor storage areas farther down Webster Highway, lawyer Tom Hanna said, speaking on behalf of applicant Ben Fisk. The building would house all maple processing and packaging activities for the company as well as a 3,000-foot retail space, where customers could purchase maple products and premade deli items, and tour the maple processing facilities, Hanna said.

Hanna and Jim Phippard, who designed the building, walked the Board through the proposal for the 6.8-acre lot in the town’s rural agricultural district. They emphasized the plan’s mitigation on traffic impacts. Ben’s Sugar Shack’s existing parking easily gets overrun during springtime maple sugaring weekends and line the road with parked cars, Phippard said, and the proposed structure is designed to accommodate parking for the busiest days of the year, even factoring in the increase in traffic predicted to come with the expanded retail space. Cars would enter the new facility via two driveways on Webster Highway, Phippard said, with a customer entrance 250 feet up the road from the highway and an employee and truck entrance 200 feet beyond that. The proposal satisfies concerns from the New Hampshire DOT and the town’s Road Agent, he said.

The Board is scheduled to conduct a site visit on Oct. 7 at 5:30 p.m. and hear opposition to the proposal and make a determination on Oct. 20.


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