Wednesday January 16, 2013

HINSDALE, N.H. -- The town’s planning board approved a preferred developer’s plan to construct a home and farm supply store on the condition that it gets all standard permits before construction begins.

Tractor Supply Co. hired Primax Properties of North Carolina, an independent group, to develop a location at 674 Brattleboro Road (Route 119). The Hinsdale Planning Board gave the nod to the project at a public meeting Tuesday but said Primax must first obtain permits from the New Hampshire Department of Transportation and the state’s Department of Environmental Services before applying for a building permit from the town.

Chairman Bill Nebelski also said the board would like Primax to get permission from the town’s water superintendent.

Dave Bergeron, a site planner for Brickstone Land Use, went over designs with the board and was accompanied by Frank S. Alexander Jr., of Primax Properties, and Rob Hitchcock, an engineer with SVE Associates.

Bergeron explained the building’s designs and its adjacent position to the former Hinsdale greyhound racetrack. He also said a boundary line adjustment was obtained a couple of months ago. It is now about a 4-acre lot.

Bergeron said the application to NHDOT has already been submitted and should soon be approved. The permit from the DES for the septic system has been granted, he told board members.


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When it came time for public comment, Steve Moody, who owns the property across the road from the site, said he was concerned about erosion control. He was told two areas on the site will be used for erosion control.

"All our drainage, all our runoff is handled on the property," Bergeron said.

Hitchcock told Moody there should be no increase at all in erosion.

Alexander told the Reformer the proposed store would be 19,080 square feet with an adjacent outdoor display area of about 14,450 square feet.

He said the building is expected to look similar to the location in Walpole (which was built in 2010) and will be the fifth or sixth that Primax has helped develop in New Hampshire. He said the stores typically employ between 12 to 20 part-time and full-time workers. Alexander said the store managers are usually brought in but the rest of the employees are hired locally.

He said he hopes construction will start in the spring.

According to Tractor Supply’s website, the company, which is based in Brentwood, Tenn., operates more than 1,150 stores in 45 states, and has more than 17,000 employees.

Domenic Poli can be reached at dpoli@reformer.com, or 802-254-2311, ext. 277.