Developers push for vote on warehouse near Shrewsbury town-line

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By Laura Hayes, Senior Community Writer

 Larry Beals presents during a July 6 Boylston Planning Board meeting.
Larry Beals presents during a July 6 Boylston Planning Board meeting.

SHREWSBURY — Developers of a 396,375-square-foot warehouse just over the Shrewsbury border in Boylston hope the Boylston Planning Board will vote on their plans soon.

The project, which is located on a 60-acre site off Pine Hill Drive, is being proposed by NorthBridge Partners

“We’re at a point now where we would like to get on the agenda for Aug. 2, and we’re hoping we can wrap everything up,” said Larry Beals of the engineering firm Beals Associates, Inc. during a July 6 Planning Board meeting.

Beals said he believed they resolved all of the engineering issues on the site, which he said was reviewed by Boylston’s consulting engineers, Graves Engineering.

A property near the Shrewsbury town-line in Boylston may soon see a 396,375 square foot warehouse built on it.
A property near the Shrewsbury town-line in Boylston may soon see a 396,375 square foot warehouse built on it.

A peer review by traffic engineers is underway, Beals said.

Beals said if the Planning Board approves NorthBridge’s plans, that would allow them to start construction in the fall. 

The project has attracted some attention in recent weeks in Shrewsbury as NorthBridge is also pursuing a second warehouse project through a development plan for the old Allen Property in town. 

Last month, Town Manager Kevin Mizikar confirmed in an email to the Community Advocate that the town is following developments in Boylston and attending planning board meetings. 

As they’re working to mitigate any traffic issues, officials also “recognize [that] economic development in neighboring towns is beneficial to the growing Central Mass economy,” Mizikar said. 

Photos/Laura Hayes

 

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