The company was supposed to make a final pitch before the Zoning Board of Appeals on Tuesday but instead asked to withdraw its plans without prejudice, which would allow it to resubmit them at a later date. The ZBA approved.
The project was awarded relief from the city's sign ordinance on Monday night and is expected to go before the City Council in October for approval of its underground fuel storage tanks. The company also plans to speak with the Traffic Commission about install a proposed crosswalk on Ashland Street near the Blackinton Street intersection.
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.
For the second time this summer, the convenience store chain has requested a continuation of its public hearing on its proposal to build a new gas station on Commercial Street. The hearing has been rescheduled to Sept. 11.
The Zoning Board of Appeals voted to continue Cumberland Farms’ public hearing to the next meeting.
"We have received correspondence from Cumberland Farms from their attorney asking that we continue the public hearing scheduled tonight," Chairman Peter West said Tuesday. "They have asked to be continued."
At the end of a two-hour meeting Thursday night, Cumberland Farms representative Thomas Reidy thanked the board and the dozens of residents for airing their concerns about the proposed 95 Commercial St. gas station and asked for the opportunity to go back to the drawing board.
The Zoning Board of Appeals continued their public hearing with Cumberland Farms to next month but still heard from some concerned residents.
After receiving a letter from Cumberland Farms asking to reschedule their public hearing, the Zoning Board of Appeals voted Monday to move the hearing to June 7 and used the rest of the meeting to answer some questions from the near 20 residents that attended the meeting.