Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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September 26, 2013

Restaurant Depot eying Dascomb Road

Warehouse business seeks approval in new zoning district

A Restaurant Depot warehouse store off Dascomb Road would be the first redevelopment proposal in a new zoning district approved at last spring’s Town Meeting.

But it’s unclear if the business meets the requirements of the new industrial zone.

New York-based Restaurant Depot, which sells supplies to small- and medium-sized independent restaurants, wants to buy the old Brockway-Smith warehouse at 146 Dascomb Road for a reported $11 million.

The company would then convert 86,600 square feet of the 247,130-square-foot building into a new Restaurant Depot, according to plans filed with the Planning Board. The company is similar to a Costco or Sam’s Club, but for restaurant owners instead of individuals.

The Planning Board is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the proposal Tuesday, Oct. 8.

Town Planner Jacki Byerley said the company is “mainly geared toward small restaurants” such as Andover eateries Brasserie 28, Andolini’s and Palmers.

Restaurant Depot would take over the back portion of the old Brockway-Smith warehouse. That company still uses part of the building for its corporate headquarters.

Byerley said as part of its application, Restaurant Depot has proposed putting in a new driveway to access the back of the building. She said that while delivery trucks would access the site, the main source of traffic would be small vehicles such as minivans driven by business owners stocking up on supplies.

According to a legal ad that ran in last week’s Andover Townsman, the company is seeking a special permit under the new ID2 rezoning because it is considered a grocery store, even though it is more of a wholesale grocery use, Byerley said.

“It’s because of the sale of food,” she said. “It’s allowable under the new business zoning.”

The new zoning district was approved by the May Town Meeting for two areas of town — the triangular piece of property south of Dascomb Road bordering Interstate 93 and a larger tract of land north of River Road, bordering the Merrimack River.

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