Planning Board discusses Cumberland Farms expansion plans

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The Cumberland Farms facility at 165 Flanders Road now acts as the US Headquarters for the EG Group. (Photo/Jesse Kucewicz)
The Cumberland Farms facility at 165 Flanders Road now acts as the US headquarters for the EG Group.
(Photo/Jesse Kucewicz)

WESTBOROUGH – Plans for Cumberland Farms to expand its facilities at 165 Flanders Road came before the Planning Board on Feb. 7.

A site plan review was filed with the town on Jan. 30.

Lucien DeStefano of Bohler Engineering discussed the proposal. The plans call for a new 50,000-square-foot warehouse; destruction of an existing maintenance building; and construction of a new 17,600-square-foot maintenance building.

“[The site] has undergone a sizable transformation,” said DeStefano.

In 2019, Cumberland Farms was acquired by EG America; the site is now its North American headquarters, overseeing 1,800 sites across 31 states.

The new warehouse will be used to store equipment and materials associated with the construction of retail locations in the southwest portion of Massachusetts. There will also be 42 tractor trailers, four loading bays and 16 parking spaces with the warehouse.

“It’s a much better design for parking,” said Town Planner Jim Robbins, noting how tractor-trailers have occasionally parked along Flanders Road.

The new maintenance facility will have five interior truck storage spaces with bays; an interior truck-washing bay; office and storage space. There will be five parking spaces with this building.

In addition, the existing private fueling facility will be replaced. It will include three new fuel dispensers, a new canopy, a new 16,000-gallon underground storage tank and a new concrete tank pad.

The proposed project also includes lighting, landscaping, utility, drainage, parking area and access improvements.

According to DeStefano, “the site contains several isolated and bordering vegetated wetlands, and is partially within the Cedar Swamp area of critical environmental concern.”

He said the applicant, EG America, is trying to “be a good neighbor” when it comes to preserving open space and wetlands. A notice of intent was filed with the Conservation Commission last summer, and it has been under review by the commission and the Board of Health.

The board voted to continue the public hearing to March 15.

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