New retail building on Route 2A to break ground in May
By Luke Baynes
Two projects that will change the landscape of Williston’s growth center received final approval at Tuesday’s Development Review Board meeting, while a third project that will improve the connectivity of the town’s system of hiking trails also got a green light.
Jeff Nick, president of J.L. Davis Realty, appeared before the DRB to present final plans for a development known as the “Lot 30 project.” Nick previously received discretionary permit approval for the project on Aug. 23, 2011 – subject to final conditions of approval, such as improved landscaping.
Lot 30 will involve the construction of an approximately 29,000-square-foot mixed-use retail building on Vermont 2A, adjacent to the Ponderosa Steakhouse. Verizon Wireless and Panera Bread both plan to locate stores in the development.
The project also calls for the extension of the eastern entrance road of Hannaford supermarket, plus the replacement of Bishop Avenue with a grid street more equidistant from Marshall and Wright avenues that will contain traffic-friendly curb cuts.
The DRB unanimously voted to approve the Lot 30 final plans, with one board member abstaining.
“You did a great job,” DRB Vice Chairman John Bendzunas told Nick.
Nick said his company plans to break ground on the project in May.
Phase 1-B of Finney Crossing – a mixed-use residential and commercial subdivision that will be located on the 107-acre former horse farm north of Maple Tree Place – also received the DRB’s stamp of approval.
The building stage involves the construction of eight row houses, 22 townhouses and 18 single-family homes.
Williston Senior Planner Matt Boulanger told the Observer on Wednesday that the varied forms of housing of the latest phase of the project will give developer Snyder Homes the flexibility to attract different kinds of tenants.
“It means they can respond to demands and market conditions and be a little more flexible,” said Boulanger.
Construction is already underway on Phase 1-A of the project, which involves the erection of a 43-unit apartment complex east of The Hamlet development and an extension of Zephyr Road to provide access to the building.
SUCKER BROOK ‘CROSSING’
The final item on the evening’s agenda saw the approval of a different type of crossing – a 50-foot-long, 3-foot-wide pedestrian footbridge over the Sucker Brook and its associated floodplain off Vermont 2A, between Butternut and Old Creamery roads.
Boulanger said the bridge will provide access from Vermont 2A to trails that run toward Sunset Hill.
“It provides a trailhead and an access on 2A that we don’t have right now,” said Boulanger.