BRATTLEBORO >> The construction of two new light industrial buildings is in the pipeline for the Delta Campus.
Vermont Photonics could be joining the 133-acre lot, which is described on deltaenergygroup.com as a former auto scrap yard with a "fledgling" business and residential community located in Brattleboro. The company would be testing optical filters.
"They'll be going through a very small volume," said Jim Spencer, facility manager at the Delta Campus. "I don't see that changing."
The Delta Energy Group looks at weatherization, lighting upgrades, designing and installing air/ground source heat pump systems, solar and electric/thermal system solutions and green building. Omega Optical, which has its world headquarters and a manufacturing facility located in the Delta Campus, specializes in optical products and filters.
The project is not expected to have a high impact in any way, Spencer told the Development Review Board on June 27, when a site plan and local approval for Act 250 permitting were presented. An Act 250 permit is obtained from the state. A parking agreement will still need to be ironed out locally. The board approved of the projects and it has 45 days to issue a decision.
Adam Hubbard, of Stevens & Associates, said the Delta Campus is located on the Guilford and Brattleboro town line. A planned unit development was approved for the site in 2004.
"Originally envisioned in the 2.25-acre parcel was kind of a placeholder for a 25,000-square-foot building. It wasn't designed," Hubbard said. "It was speculated and coverages accounted for stormwater purposes with the idea that this would be built out in the future."
Vermont Photonics would like to rent one of the two 4,500-square-foot buildings being proposed, he said. Each facility would have its own parking, nine spots for one and seven spaces for the other.
Additional parking also was wanted on the property. Altogether, 39 new parking spaces are planned with solar panels going on poles that will be posted within 24 of the spots.
"There's a need for more parking and future parking," said Hubbard. "Each pole can have 13 panels and you'd park in between the posts."
A permit from the state allowed for 1.6 acres of impervious surfaces to assist with stormwater mitigation, he said. Currently, about 32,000 square feet of the property is being used for stormwater infrastructure.
The plan now is to enhance one of the dry swales and add landscaping features. A design with edible plants was looked at favorably by the board. Traffic flow and lighting were not an issue either.
The project is not anticipated to bring in a large number of jobs or burden emergency and educational services. Waste management would be handled privately rather than through municipal avenues.
"The uses and site plan are consistent with the original permit," Hubbard said. "It's not going to increase traffic significantly. It's not fronted on a public road."
New signs will come to the zoning administrator for approval, he said.
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