Brattleboro could see new auto parts store

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BRATTLEBORO — A proposal to put an auto parts store in place of Friendly's on Putney Road will come before the Development Review Board this month.

O'Reilly Automotive, which has many locations around the United States, submitted an application that will be addressed on Feb. 17.

"They are seeking a variance from the Land Use Regulations for the minimum building height and two waivers for dimensional requirements," said Brattleboro Planning Director Rod Francis.

If approved, O'Reilly Auto Parts would move into a location at 1089 Putney Road. The site was previously home to Friendly's restaurant until its doors closed in June 2014.

The proposed retail store would span 7,200 square feet. A report prepared by Bohler Engineering contained recommendations around construction, starting with the installation of an entrance then an erosion control barrier featuring straw bales and silt fence.

After an inlet protection is installed, demolition of the existing site structures was recommended. That would include demolition of existing site pavement and amenities.

The next step would be clearing and grubbing then installation of temporary swales and sediment basins. Earthwork and excavation would be followed by construction of utilities and buildings.

Grading, paving and landscaping also are part of Bohler's recommended plan, which contains notes for winter construction.

Currently, the nearest O'Reilly store is in Claremont, N.H.

Contact Chris Mays at cmays@reformer.com or 802-254-2311, ext. 273.


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