Ken’s Foods is seeking approval for a 95,000 square foot addition to their 325 Turnpike Road facility. The business is requesting a variance and special permit. The Zoning Board of Appeals meeting is scheduled for next week, Wednesday, June 15th.
Attorney William Pezzoni gave a heads up on the plans to fellow members of the Economic Development Committee in April.*
The 65 foot high addition would be to the east side of the building, exceeding standard height restrictions. When asked if that would be a concern to residents, Pezzoni responded that it would only affect three homes.
Pezzoni explained that unstable soil conditions prohibit expansion to the south (closer to Route 9.) To expedite the process, he was researching the possibility of bootstrapping the height allowance to his client’s current ZBA permit. He warned that if timely approval isn’t received, the business will likely have to expand elsewhere and eventually relocate outside of town.
The ZBA approved changes to Ken’s Foods permit in September 2014 to expand hours to operate 24 x 7. At that time, several residents complained that the business was already too loud and disruptive.
One requested change was moving rear bay doors to the front. Pezzoni had said his client would like to eventually, but couldn’t commit.
The board instituted some physical conditions with the changed hours to hopefully improve the situation. But some abutters were skeptical.
Back then, the ZBA reminded residents that they had taken a risk when they moved into a zone abutting an industrial zone.
Regarding the new expansion plans, Pezzoni rationalized to the EDC that it will probably be more acceptable to neighbors than some alternative property uses if the plant is vacated.
*[Editor’s Note: I didn’t personally witness the conversation at EDC’s public meeting. My description is based on draft minutes and verified by another attendee.]