NORTH ADAMS — The Planning Board gave Cumberland Farms the green light to move ahead with plans for a new store on Ashland Street on Monday.
The company plans to finalize the purchase of the city's former Department of Public Works headquarters on 227 Ashland St., razing the property and replacing it with a new store and fueling station.
"The proposal is to have a complete raze and rebuild of this site," said James Bernardino of project manager Bohler Engineering.
The new Cumberland Farms location is expected to replace the current 70 Ashland St. location, which sits less than a mile to the north.
The plans outlined by the company for the Planning Board call for a 5,814-square-foot convenience store and eight-pump fueling station on the property, which is just more than an acre.
Cumberland Farms, which has three locations in North Adams, now plans to close on the purchase of the city-owned property.
Last year, the City Council approved a conditional $575,000 sale of the property to Cumberland Farms, with the net sale price depending on the level of environmental cleanup required at the site.
As part of the purchase and sale agreement, the city agreed to pay half of the costs of any remediation required — up to $287,500 from each of the two parties.
The cost of the cleanup is not expected to be finalized until closing, but Bernardino assured the public on Monday that the company has undergone a "vast documentation of what's on the site" and will "follow all the rules and regulations" in regards to cleaning up any contaminants.
The store would require the installation of two new 24,000-gallon underground storage tanks to service the eight fuel pumps, one of which would be dedicated to diesel fuel.
The planning board's approval came with the condition that the speakers beneath the fueling canopy be used for promotional purposes of 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. — a preventative measure taken by board members due to complaints that surfaced after Cumberland Farms built a new location on the Mohawk Trail.
Lighting at the site would feature downward LED bulbs designed to reduce light spillage onto neighboring properties, some of which are residential.
When finished, the lot will contain 30 parking spots.
The store will also feature a small outdoor seating area.
The lot will have three curb cuts to allow for two-way access, and company representatives expressed interest in having a crosswalk installed to facilitate foot traffic from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts neighborhood.
A lawyer for the company said that with its former properties, Cumberland Farms typically looks to sell or lease the property to a noncompetitor.
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