According to the zoning bylaw, “Residents and workers in the West Andover and the Dascomb Road area have limited access to obtain the services that homeowners, business people and employees readily enjoy in other parts of Andover.”
The rezoning was aimed at bringing in “conveniences and services ... to underserved residents, business community and commuters” in that part of town.
The term “grocery store” was defined in the zoning ordinance as “an establishment where more than 70 percent of the gross floor area is devoted to the sale of food products for home preparation and consumption.”
The legal ad in last week’s Andover Townsman said the company is seeking a special permit “for ID2 Zoning District Uses under the Andover Zoning Bylaw and a Special Permit for a change in parking space requirements.”
Tim Vaill, executive director of the town’s Economic Development Council, said it is unclear why Restaurant Depot was coming in under the new ID2 zoning.
“This is not really an amenity,” he said. “It’s a supply company, not a place for retail. These guys could have come in with or without the new zoning. This doesn’t test the new zoning.”
Nonetheless, Vaill supports the proposal, saying it would make use of what is now a mostly vacant, industrial building.
“This is a very attractive tenant for the town,” he said.
No one from Restaurant Depot could be reached for comment. The real estate company conducting the sale of the 23-acre property, CBRE/New England, declined to comment, according to a spokesman. Charles Smith of Brockway-Smith could not be reached.
Restaurant Depot has similar warehouse operations in Everett and Needham.
Town officials had discussed siting the public works yard on the Dascomb Road site, but they now say that idea has been shelved.