Cumberland Farms seeks permits

WESTFIELD – The Conservation Commission will hear details of a proposal to construct a Cumberland Farms convenience store, with a gas station, at the corner of Routes 10 and 202 at a public hearing slated tonight.
The company, represented by Attorney Thomas Murphy is seeking to build the store on the southwest corner of the intersection. The proposed facility will have underground storage tanks for 32,000 gallons of gasoline and 8,000 gallons of diesel fuel.
The Planning Board has slated its public hearing for Feb. 19 to discuss the site plan and a special permit required to dispense fuel, while the City Council has yet to schedule its public hearing on the tank permit.
The Council approved an extension of municipal sewers to the area where the proposed store would be constructed. Private developers plan to extend the city’s sewer line from the intersection of Southampton and Summit Lock roads, north for about 3,000 feet, to the North Road intersection with Southampton Road.
The City Council voted 11-0 at its Dec. 6 session to approve a sewer capacity petition. A sewer line installed as part of the Scenic Ridge subdivision was extended to the rear of the parcel to serve the Armbrook Village project, which provides independent and assisted living facilities for senior citizens, and was proposed to be extended eastward to serve other commercial land along Southampton Road. However, because the property is divided by Arm Brook that line could not be used to serve the other undeveloped property at the intersection of Southampton and North roads.
The proposed Cumberland store site is close to the Barnes Aquifer, but is not located in the city’s aquifer recharge protection zone.

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