PITTSFIELD — The developer of a Dalton Avenue parcel that now houses an urgent health care facility in a renovated former Crane & Co. warehouse is seeking permits for a convenience store with four fuel pump islands on the adjacent lot.

Freight House Realty LLC, representative James Scalise, of SK Design Group Inc., appeared before the Conservation Commission Thursday to secure a plan change that reduced the scope of a proposed site work area within a river front buffer zone, which was approved unanimously.

The project drawings show a 4,500-square-foot structure — expected to house a Cumberland Farms store — located just to the east of the MedExpress on the 4.6 acre parcel. The store and fuel islands would be set back from Dalton Avenue, according to the drawings.

The MedExpress facility is located within the former brick warehouse building.

City Conservation Agent Rob Van Der Kar said after the meeting that phase two of the development also requires approval for a stormwater containment plan for the project, which will be reviewed by the city engineering department and his office. He added that the site work will involve extensive regrading in some sections.

The store proposal also will require site plan review from the Community Development Board and possibly additional permits from city boards.

A new curb cut onto the state highway also is proposed and could require further approvals.


Traffic flow issues have surfaced at prior meetings pertaining to the former Crane & Co. warehouse parcel, as it sits nearly across from Hubbard Avenue and the entrance to Berkshire Crossing shopping center.

The proposed convenience store would not require a new tobacco sales permit from the Board of Health if, as expected, the store replaces a current Cumberland Farms store at 885 Dalton Ave., Health Director Gina Armstrong said Friday.

Also on Thursday, the Conservation Commission approved an order of conditions for work in wetlands buffer zones as part of the city's $1 million Mountain Drive stormwater control reconstruction project.

Although the construction work has begun, final approvals from state, federal and city officials for work in the buffer zone areas of the project site were not in hand, although expected.

Van Der Kar recommend approval, saying the project "has been well vetted."

And the commission approved work in a river bank buffer zone for a 360-square foot addition to the Peaslee's Package and Variety store at 1 Wilson St., at the Wahconah Street intersection.

Contact Jim Therrien at 413-496-6247.