WESTBOROUGH – The clock has begun ticking on the former BJ’s headquarters at 25 Research Drive, but don’t expect much in the near future.
Although a demolition permit was pulled in February, actual demolition may not take place for at least a year, according to Fred Lonardo, the town’s building commissioner.
The permit is part of plans to convert 25 and 29 Research Drive into one property.
The property at 29 Research Drive was the former home of Triboro Crane and Rigging Services.
Former Town Planner Jim Robbins said the Planning Board had approved a site plan for about 715,000 square feet of life sciences research and development space for the applicant, 25 Research Drive Properties LLC.
“The project will include life sciences and related manufacturing, laboratory, processing, office, research and development, and warehouse uses, as well as any accessory uses, including but not limited to an amenity building, parking and related improvements,” said Robbins.
The plan includes demolition of both structures; reconfiguration of existing parking; and improvements to infrastructure and stormwater management.
Before any demolition can take place, Conservation Director Jennifer Miller has requested a pre-demolition site visit with the Conservation Commission to inspect erosion controls, etc.
BJ’s new headquarters will be located in Marlborough.