Plans call for expanding West Wareham industrial park

Public hearing continued to Sept. 11
By Matthew Bernat | Aug 28, 2017
Bob Rogers of GAF Engineering went over these plans, which would build two buildings in the town's industrial park, with Planning Board members on Monday night.

A Wareham developer who manages “close to a million square feet of space” in town is seeking to expand the town’s industrial park with the addition of two, new buildings.

Dennis McCarthy is seeking to extend Patterson Brook Road, located in the West Wareham industrial park off Cranberry Highway, by 250 feet. The extension would accommodate a proposed 43,200 square foot building and a 50,400 square foot building. The larger building is designed to house six tenants and the smaller four tenants.

According to McCarthy, the buildings will mostly be warehouse space for light manufacturing and machine shops with some office space.

“We manage close to a million square feet of space,” he told Planning Board members on Monday night, adding he owns 12 commercial buildings in town. “The majority of users are small contractors.”

On Monday, the Planning Board reviewed plans during a public hearing. Board approval is required on the project before it can move forward.

During the review, member Emmanuel Daskalakis asked if the buildings could be rotated 90 degrees. He said that would improve the layout and hide two loading docks from drivers passing by.

Bob Rogers of GAF Engineering, the project manager, said that may not be possible as the habitat of the eastern box turtle, a protected species, limits the project’s footprint to an 8.5 acre parcel on the 20-acre lot. However, Rogers said he would consider the move.

“We’ll take to heart the issue with the layout and try to resolve that,” said Rogers. “It’s tough with the constraints of the area.”

Board members voted to continue the public hearing to review Rogers’ findings at their next meeting, scheduled for Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. in the Multi-Service Center.

Comments (10)
Posted by: Society for Suppression of Noise | Aug 29, 2017 00:10

Oh, good!  Another opportunity for the amateurs on the Planning Board to amuse themselves (and us) by second-guessing actual professionals and creating roadblocks out of thin air.

 

We should be grateful for Daskalaski's superior insights to lot layout.  I mean, what's the traffic count on Patterson Brook Road?  Must be at least a dozen cars a day.  Thank God he caught the offensively-exposed LOADING DOCKS.  In an INDUSTRIAL zone, no less.  Glad we dodged that bullet.



Posted by: desertsky | Aug 29, 2017 08:40

sad but true SSN..let's not allow any business that might want to employ people or contribute to the tax base in town. Especially in an industrial park..give me a break!!! I'm seeing, as a newcomer to Wham that the members of most of the boards in this town are a joke. Between the Selectmen and the Board of Health and now the Planning Board it's pretty apparent they are a major reason this town struggles...



Posted by: sadie | Aug 29, 2017 09:11

daskalakis should NOT be reappointed. He was one of the people that ask for all the changes for Bay Point even at the last meeting when everything had been finalized he still wanted more changes. Bay Point was such a mess they had to bring in a mediator. Who paid for that the town?



Posted by: Uptohere | Aug 29, 2017 10:32

I can't tell exactly from this drawing (it won't enlarge) where the newer buildings will be in ralation to Cranberry hwy.  Taking that into account, if Daskalakis is referring to the loading docks in relation to the view from the hwy then I applaud him for his actions. I am not alone in wanting an improvement in the landscaping to the entrance of our town. It has been mentioned to the master planner for our town.



Posted by: Phredzzz | Aug 29, 2017 10:49

Funny things happen at those Planning and/or non-Planning Board meetings. They Challenge the  proposals like this one in the Industrial Park which is properly Zoned for buildings with Loading Docks and Overhead Doors. However, they approve unapproved buildings in other Zones which are supposedly Not acceptable. Recent conversations with Statehouse Offices indicate that Wareham Town Officials are potentially digging thierselves into some more unwinnable days in court. Problem being, the taxpaying public always loses by bearing the Court costs. Very sad state of affairs with NO easy answers.



Posted by: Kress | Aug 29, 2017 14:28

"Recent conversations with Statehouse Offices. . ."  What officials?

 

If we're talking about the view "from" the highway, and if Commissioner D. wants to improve the aesthetics of Wareham, I'm all for it.  We have enough ugly landscapes along Cranberry in East Wareham.  Please don't make the same mistakes in West Wareham.



Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Aug 29, 2017 15:32

Unfortunately the members of the town boards are somewhat like us commenters.  No prerequisite required.  Just jump on and say and do whatever. The big difference is that us commenters can't do much harm.  Amateur laymen on town boards can be extremely detrimental. It is hard to grasp the concept that volunteers with nothing better to do two nights a month can determine the fate of projects like this.  What are the credentials of each member of the board?  Any land use planners, civil engineers, surveyors, or architects?  Same with Conservation. How many marine engineers, biologists, and scientists are on that board? Some things I'll never understand...



Posted by: Andrea Smith | Aug 29, 2017 15:45

In some towns, planning board members are elected rather than appointed, the idea being that those seated on a planning board have a tendency to feel more answerable to the people who are responsible for placing them on the planning board. My guess is the election concept would work for conservation commissions as well.



Posted by: Society for Suppression of Noise | Aug 29, 2017 18:24

That ship has sailed, Kress--there's one industrial zone in town, it's in West Wareham, and it straddles Cranberry Highway.  Thing is, industrial zones don't have to be ugly, even with loading docks.  Many have well-maintained landscaping and roads, reasonable building and storage standards, and are actually attractive gems in their communities, used to entice new businesses.  But those industrial parks are located where the whole town is generally well-maintained with reasonable standards that are ENFORCED.  (You see the problem.)

 

Until moving to Massachusetts I'd never seen appointees on important town boards.  (Nor judges at the state level.)  I'm sure it's a centuries-old holdover, but yes, elections would help weed out the hobbyists, sycophants, and wild-eyed zealots.  Unfortunately it seems all parties in Wareham confuse serving on municipal boards with serving in service clubs.  Oh, wait, when I served as a Lions Club president, I was elected.  Bad example.



Posted by: desertsky | Aug 30, 2017 09:48

You're absolutely correct SSN. And as an aside, many people don't know that in this state, with about $75-100k "donation" many of the judges are plucked from the lawyer pool and magically become municipal judges etc. I happen to know one personally. Pretty scary.

 

 



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