Plymouth: Planning board supports gravel removal to pave way for development

In Plymouth, this week the Planning Board recommended granting a special permit to remove gravel from a parcel of land on Home Depot Drive –paving the way for use of the property by Paragon Factory Outlet Malls.

Harald, LLC owns the land behind the Ethan Allen Furniture building on Home Depot Drive. Removal of the gravel will allow the hilly site to be brought to grade for future development, according to Harald’s David Gilvar.

“To accomplish that and have the roadway be EPA approved, we need to remove about 230,000 yards of gravel. Our recommendation on the Planning Board tonight recommends begin the process of removing the gravel so we can eventually develop the site.”

Paragon Factory Outlets considers the site a strategic location because it sits halfway between Cape Cod and Boston and is already a tourist destination. Because of that the site is attractive, according to Gilvar:

“Their tenants are already interested.”

Gilvar agreed not to go beyond the buffer limitation negotiated with the Board of Selectmen, concerning abutting neighbors on the west side of the property, unless Selectmen agree to a change in the buffer requirement. The case goes to the ZBA on June 4th.

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About Bobbi Clark

Bobbi Clark is a Plymouth area reporter at WATD. She began her career in radio as a producer at a news/talk radio station in Chicago. From there she went to WMAQ-TV, the NBC owned and operated television station in Chicago, As a producer there, she won 5 Emmy Awards for production of special programming. Bobbi is a graduate of Emerson College, with a degree in Writing, Publishing and Literature.