NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. – The Northbridge Conservation Commission continued to March 13 its hearing on a proposed auto maintenance garage, convenience store and gas station at 4 N. Main St.
Arcade Properties Inc. plans to raze a 4,025-square-foot building from which Main Street Auto operates and replace it with a 2,180-square-foot building and gasoline pumps, sidewalks and green space.
Some of the project is within 100 feet of Arcade Pond. Commissioners expressed concern over a small section that drains toward Arcade Pond.
Norman Gamache of Guerriere & Hanlon Inc. said he could look into raising the ground level in that area to redirect the runoff to the drainage system.
The pump area will be isolated so any runoff will go into catch basins and not toward the pond, commission member Andrew Chagnon said.
A gas station was on the site years ago, Gamache said, the gas tanks were removed when it closed. The bank mortgaging the property required an environmental study, which found no environmental issues, he said.
Access to the construction site will be from Arcade Street, Gamache said.
The commission has asked the town engineer to study the project and will delay a decision until hearing that report.
The public hearing was continued to 7:05 p.m. March 13.