Changes to Hyundai dealership plans ‘well received,’ but issues remain

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Changes to Hyundai dealership plans ‘well received,’ but issues remain
A developer is interested in developing 180 and 182 Turnpike Road into a Hyundai dealership. (Photo/Caroline Gordon)

WESTBOROUGH – While most of the above-ground issues with the proposed Hyundai dealership at 180-182 Turnpike Road are being resolved, there remains some below-ground issues.

During the Planning Board meeting on Dec. 20, representatives for the developers TTHY Westborough LLC discussed updates to the plans that were announced by the applicant on Dec. 6.

“The changes made were generally well received,” said Hyundai’s attorney, Marshall Gould.

The changes include enclosing the second level of the parking deck; reduced height on the light poles at the parking deck; more electric vehicle chargers; and 18-foot evergreens at the back of the property to screen light and noise from the adjacent Villages at Walker Meadows.

Gould assured the board that was enough space at the back of the property for snow storage without causing damage to the landscaping.

Gould said the town engineer and fire department were “OK with the plans.”

Town Engineer Lisa Allain then brought up the issue of sewer capacity. She requested the applicant to “camera” the sewer lines directly connected to the property. She also requested tests for drainage infiltrations.

The applicant’s representatives said that its engineer already conducted tests, and that further testing would be “excessive.”

Chair Mark Silverberg pointed out that there was a neighborhood downhill.

“Any time there’s change, we need to make sure the change is successful,” he said.

The town will work with the applicant to resolve the sewer and drainage issues.

The board voted to continue the public hearing to Tuesday, Jan. 17.

Stone Inc.

The board continued its public hearing with Stone Inc., which wants to convert the building at 80 Turnpike Road into a retail site for stone.

After Town Planner Jim Robbins and Silverberg paid a visit to the site, they recommended that the applicant add some soundproofing to the site and keep the back loading bay closed when not in use. 

James Sullivan, an abutter who lives on Hundreds Road, asked about where remnants would be stored.

“I really don’t want a junkyard,” he said.

In response, the applicant and his attorney, Gould, said that everything would be stored indoors.

The board voted to continue the public hearing to Tuesday, Jan. 3.

Robbins stepping down

Jim Robbins, who’s been the town planner for 30 years, has decided to retire at the end of March.

Silverberg said a search committee will be formed soon to find Robbins’ replacement.

The Planning Board is scheduled to discuss forming such a committee and the job description of Town Planner during their Jan. 3 meeting.

Changes to Hyundai dealership plans ‘well received,’ but issues remain
Town Planner Jim Robbins and Planning Board Chair Mark Silverberg speak during Town Meeting in March. (Photo/Laura Hayes)