Woodworking, contracting businesses proposed for West Wareham
A Cape Cod-based general contractor plans to construct six, roughly 10,000-square-foot buildings off Charlotte Furnace Road. C&J Hunt Construction Services wants to develop the 6-acre site, currently owned by A.D. Makepeace Co.
The development is proposed for the “Business Development Overlay District,” a 300-acre area located in the heavily wooded, cranberry bog-laden northwest corner of town.
Created 12 years ago by a Town Meeting vote, the district is designed to attract businesses that aren’t heavily industrial or solely focused on retail. Businesses that are allowed include: medical and administrative offices, health clubs, research and development laboratories and light manufacturing. That last business is allowed provided its activities aren’t “offensive, objectionable or injurious to the abutting residential areas because of excessive noise, vibration, smoke fumes and odors.”
A representative from a company working to find tenants for the project said C&J Hunt will be a good fit, and it is likely to attract similar businesses.
“The purpose of creating the overlay district was to bring more business to town, bring more jobs and stimulate the tax base,” said Christopher Bailey, a senior broker with Commercial Realty Advisors, Inc. “This development is certainly right on target for all of that.”
Bailey said C&J Hunt Construction Services envisions new locations for its general contracting business, subsidiaries related to home and commercial construction and space for complementary businesses not owned by C&J Hunt.
“We want to set it up as a good home for a number of businesses,” said Bailey, who described C&J Hunt as a “full service contracting firm.”
Currently, Bailey’s firm is attracting businesses to lease space at the three buildings that won’t be occupied by C&J Hunt and a pair of its subsidiaries – Saltwater Woodworks and Spectrum Wood Finishes.
Saltwater Woodworks offers custom-built cabinets and furniture, design services, flooring and heirloom furniture repairs. Spectrum Wood Finishes offers a variety of finish services for cabinets and other products.
Bailey noted that, pending Planning Board approval, there are hopes to move quickly on constructing the first and second building on the site, however, he said no timeline has been set.
“It’s based on demand and how quickly we can bring qualified tenants to the table. I will say we are very much hoping on building the second building right away. It really depends on how things go,” said Bailey.
The development’s public hearing is set for March 13 at 7 p.m. in the Multi-Service Center.