Plymouth: Proposed 13-dealer “Auto Campus”

In Plymouth, Commerce Way could become home to a total of thirteen auto dealerships. A sign on vacant property at Commerce Way advertises the Colony Place auto campus. Atlantic Properties claims the site is available for the development of up to ten dealerships. Nearby a proposal for three auto dealerships is now in the works.

Close to the future auto campus site is the vacant Sam’s Club building.  Colony Place Incorporated wants to level this in order to build three auto dealerships. The Zoning Board of Appeals hearing for special permits for this car dealership complex has been continued to October 16th.  This, because of concerns about the project’s potential harm to the aquifer—a major source of the town’s drinking water.  This project is approximately 4000 feet from theNorth Plymouth well.

Before ruling on the special permit the ZBA wants clarification from David Gould, the town’s Environmental Affairs Director about the project’s potential harm to the aquifer and nearby town wells. The Board also wants to know if Gould thinks an independent study is necessary.

An independent study of the status of the town’s eleven wells was requested by Selectman Ken Tavares at a Selectmen’s meeting earlier this month.  Tavares asked Town Manager Melissa Arrighi to schedule it as an agenda item. 

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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.