According to documents filed for Monday's Planning Board meeting by the company's representatives Bacon Wilson Attorneys at Law, the regional chain is proposing a 5,814-square-foot convenience store and four fueling stations with eight pumps including diesel at 227 Ashland.
The move has apparently led some residents to think they have to travel to Hodges Cross Road to do business. But nothing has changed, said officials, and any payments (such as for water bills or cemetery lots) can be made directly to the treasurer in City Hall.
The regional chain of convenience stores has long been rumored to be interested in the one-acre site. It began renovating and constructing larger centers with more amenities several years ago, including new buildings in Williamstown and at Hodges Cross Road and on Union Street.
The 85,000 square-foot plant was put forward as a way to consolidate several buildings and facilities spread around the city. Of most import is the dilapitaded and overcrowded City Yard, last upgraded with the large shell building in the early 1970s. Approprate at the time it was built, the structure is no longer practical for the large trucks used for plowing and sanding, say city officials.