Route 202 development clears hurdle

  • Bennington select board members met for a regular meeting Wednesday, Jan. 26 to discuss a commercial retail project. Staff photo by Abby Kessler—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 8:19AM

The Bennington Zoning Board of Adjustment granted a variance on a plot of land along Route 202 during a public hearing on Monday, Jan. 16.

Lisciotti Development – a company that invests, acquires and develops real-estate assets throughout the country – is proposing a commercial retail project on a parcel of land in a rural-agriculture zone. Andrew Comollo, vice president at Lisciotti Development, said the company is looking to construct the building and then lease the facility to a national auto parts store or a national retail store, but told the board it couldn’t disclose the exact identity of the possible lessee.

The developer said the proposed structure will be a 9,400-square-foot building for the purpose of retail use. The applicant named O’Reilly Auto Parts as a like-sized building that could potentially be placed in the space if it were built. It is likely the building would only have one tenant.

Richard Reed, of Bennington, expressed concern about losing the rural character of the area, according to the board’s meeting minutes. Reed expressed objection to the variance, saying there is no need for such a facility. Instead, he suggested, there is land available in Antrim.

The board reviewed five variance questions during the meeting and concluded that the proposed project met all of the criteria. It was noted that the proposal fits in with the town’s master plan, which identifies Route 202 as a desirable location for commercial business. The board also agreed the values of the surrounding properties would not be diminished because the proposed property is located near Rymes Propane & Oil’s tank storage lot.

Select board members agreed that it could be a good location for a business during a regular meeting on Wednesday. The proposal will have to be brought to the town’s planning board.

Abby Kessler can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 234 or akessler@ledgertranscript.com.