The Cumberland Farms on Route 9 west just before the interchange with Route 495 will be getting a new look. Cumberland Farms president, and Southborough resident, Ari Haseotes told the Zoning Board of Appeals last month he plans to raze the current structure and build a new one in its place.
“I think people are going to be very proud of this when it’s done,” he said.
A civil engineer for the project told the board they want to demolish the old store and replace it with a new one that will sport a Colonial-style exterior. They will also reconfigure the current four gas dispensers, adding another two in the process. Cars will enter via Route 9, with the only exit being to Park Street on the west side of the property.
Haseotes said the new configuration will improve traffic flow on the site. Additional pumps will accommodate more cars during peak hours, while new parking spaces directly in front of the store will encourage patrons to pull forward when they’re done gassing up instead of remaining parked at the pump like they do now.
The new store will not have a Dunkin Donuts like it does now.
The project has been before the Zoning Board of Appeals, as well as the Planning Board, for several months now and has undergone a number of revisions. ZBA members who were originally lukewarm on the plan said they were happy with how it has evolved, noting they particularly liked the Colonial style the store will have.
“I compliment you,” ZBA member Leo Bartolini told Haseotes and his team. “The design adds to the character of the town.”
The ZBA unanimously approved requests for front and rear setback variances. Developers still need approval from the Planning Board, which will discuss the project next at their meeting on February 13.