While it’s just a beginning, developer Tom Ford has the earth removal permit he needs to start development of his property in Kingston.
KINGSTON – While it’s just a beginning, developer Tom Ford has the earth removal permit he needs to start development of his property in Kingston.
The owner of Conifer Realty Trust, who owns property in Kingston and Plymouth, received approval by the Board of Selectmen Tuesday to remove 33,000 cubic yards from his property in Kingston of William Gould Jr. Way.
Improved relations between the towns of Kingston and Plymouth has Ford moving forward with plans for development in several phases.
The removal of the 33,000 yards in the next six weeks to two months, starting immediately, is the first phase, according to Bill Shaw of Associated Engineers. Work hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Ford will have get approval from the planning and zoning boards before asking for additional earth removal. Approval was unanimous, 4-0.
Shaw said Plymouth has granted similar gravel removal approval on the other side of the Kingston and Plymouth property line, and the material in Plymouth has been pushed to the edge. The exit route is the same that was used to move 17,000 yards out of Plymouth.
“It will have minimal impact on the roads of Kingston, if any,” he said.
Building Inspector and Zoning Enforcement Officer Jason Silva said he has met with Shaw as well as Ford about his long-term plans and has no objections to the first phase of the growth plan for the area.
“He looks forward to getting the gravel off so they can actually create a flat area for more buildings,” he said.
Silva said the town has an approved plan for an industrial subdivision and has seen proposed plans for structures and buildings.
Shaw said the timeline is to be back before the Kingston planning and zoning boards before the end of the summer with plans for Ford’s property from William Gould Way toward Lowe’s Home Improvement before returning to the Board of Selectmen.
He said there’s been recent interest in a larger, 100,000-square-foot building instead of four smaller, 24,000-square-foot buildings. If all goes according to plan, work would be done the following winter. The final phase calls for four buildings, potentially on the Kingston side.
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