Amesbury watches and plans the future of Trader Alan | News

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AMESBURY — Seniors’ residences, playgrounds, playgrounds and even a theater are among the hoped-for uses for Trader Alan’s former roadhouse on Route 150.

Mayor Kassandra Gove has designated the 7.7-acre parcel at 21 Pond View Ave., as surplus for 2020 and a seven-member volunteer disposal committee met virtually for a community information session on the matter on Monday January 31.

The old truck stop was abandoned in the 1990s and the city eventually purchased the seized property for $1 from Thelma Titcomb in December 2001. Titcomb purchased the property from the estate of John J. Ryan for $533,385 in February 1998.

The property was previously used as a truck stop, restaurant, motel, gas station and service garage. It is used as a Department of Public Works warehouse and was last appraised at $177,500.

With the recent addition of the Village at Bailey’s Pond condominium complex across the street and the planned Maples Crossing Sports Complex under construction on South Hunt Road, the Mayor has also formed the Layout Committee to review potential future uses. of the property last year. .

The layout committee includes Director of Community and Economic Development Angela Cleveland, along with Planning Board Member Scott Kelley and City Councilwoman Adrienne Lennon as core members.

Cleveland said Jan. 31 that the disposition committee is seeking the highest and best use for the property that will still remain appropriate for the neighborhood.

The property adjoins a large solar field and is zoned as an office park which may include retail/retail; community service programming; office and research; as well as warehouse and manufacturing uses.

District 2 Councilman Anthony Rinaldi attended the January 31 information session and mentioned his interest in seeing potential assisted living or seniors housing built on the property.

School committee member and local resident Mel Webster raised the need for rectangular playgrounds and another local resident said she would like to see a theater built there.

At-Large Councilor Steve Stanganelli mentioned he would like to see the property used for mixed purposes, including possible playgrounds and playgrounds.

According to Cleveland’s January 31 presentation, the city still needs to know exactly what onsite and offsite utilities are; what potential tax revenue options may be available; potential use needs; what can be the hot marketable uses; the impact on traffic and the possibility of merging the property with other plots.

The site was also found to be free from past environmental contaminants and the city believes ideal market conditions exist to bring the property back onto the tax rolls.

According to Cleveland, the disposal committee intends to make recommendations to the mayor in March or April, with the goal of having submissions from developers on potential future uses permitted by June.

A one-page survey is set to be released in early March for residents to complete and the next public hearing on the matter is scheduled for April 25.

Cleveland told the Daily News on Monday, Feb. 7, that she was pleased to see there was great interest in finding productive and complementary use for the property.

“We have a lot of work to do with the layout committee and the public on this project,” Cleveland said.

The Disposition Committee meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. To find out more visit: www.amesburyma.gov/disposition-committee-0.

To learn more about the January 31 presentation, copy and paste into a computer browser:

January 31 Disposition Committee Presentation: Downloads/Trader%20Alan’s%20Community%20Information%20Session%20-%201-31-2022.pdf.

Writer Jim Sullivan covers Amesbury and Salisbury for The Daily News. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or by phone at 978-961-3145. Follow him on Twitter @ndnsully.

Writer Jim Sullivan covers Amesbury and Salisbury for The Daily News. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or by phone at 978-961-3145. Follow him on Twitter @ndnsully.

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