Could there be three car dealerships at Colony Place Shopping Plaza? Maybe. In Plymouth this week the Planning Board heard a proposal to tear down the long vacant Sam’s Club and replace it with three new buildings designed to house auto dealers. Joe Lahan, of 500 Colony Place, LLC, owns the Sam’s Club building, and also has a number of car dealerships in the state. He was not present at the meeting, but was represented by Attorney Bob Betters, who explained that Lahan tried to find other uses for the building:“The initial thought was to try to sell it for retail and that’s what the owner has been doing since he purchased the property in 2010.”
But, there were no takers, so he came up with the concept of three car dealers locating on the property. But for that to occur, special permits will be needed. That process began at the 2011 town meeting when they changed the mixed commerce zoning district in which this property is located to allow car dealerships by special permit. “So we need a special permit from the Plymouth Zoning Board of Appeals for the car dealerships that are proposed. Because the property is in the aquifer protection district, we also need a special permit under the aquifer protection provisions of the bylaw.”
Planning Board members expressed concern about the acres of cars that could possibly occupy the property, based on requirements of three car dealerships. Since this was simply a conceptual plan for review by the Board, no vote was taken.