Machine shop wants to move into Mechanic Street site

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Machine shop wants to move into Mechanic Street site
This building at 269 Mechanic St. could soon become a machine shop. (Photo/Maureen Sullivan)

MARLBOROUGH – The site of a former moving company at 269 Mechanic St. may soon become a machine shop.

Attorney Brian Falk, acting on behalf of the applicant Action Precision Machining, presented a request for a special permit before the City Council on Dec. 19.

Action Precision Machining has a shop in Leominster; it specializes in manufacturing precision parts for companies across the country.

Because the site was zoned residential as of 2019, the applicant is required to obtain a special permit since the site is now a pre-existing, nonconforming use.

The site will “largely stay the same,” said Falk.

Because there will be no large trucks going to and from the site, the proposed shop “will have a much lower impact to the neighborhood,” said Falk.

While most abutters, such as Stephen Crete and Robert Scanlon, support the application, another abutter opposes it.

Mary Giorgi, who lives at 270 Mechanic St., asked the City Council to have the property remain residential. Through a letter to the council, she had questions about the noise, drainage and hours of operation, among other issues.

To those concerns, Falk responded that there will be no zoning change. He said that the owner plans to provide one shift from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Additionally, they plan to use smaller trucks and vans.

The council voted to send the application to the Urban Affairs Committee.

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