Westport Resident Opposes Self-Storage Project

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A proposed self-storage project in Westport, Mass., is being appealed by resident whose land abuts the property. Pauline Dooley said she is not comfortable with the fact that a new road being built to the storage facility will come within two feet of her property line. The Zoning Board of Appeals will hear her complaint later this month.
 
Lafrance Hospitality was approved to build the 100-unit facility and a pizzeria behind the former Fred and Ann’s Restaurant this spring. Because wetlands on the site restricted where the access road could be built, the planning board waived the site-plan requirement that a road on a commercial site be more than 10 feet from a residential border. According to Dooley, the planned road comes within 2 feet of her property at one point and is less than 10 feet from her land for an approximate 50- to 60-foot span.

Lafrance has already changed some aspects of the plan to meet residential requirements, such as building a stockade fence to shield the storage buildings from view, installing motion-sensor lights to minimize late-night brightness, and adjusting the path of water runoff so it does not flow into Angeline Brook, home to rare Trout. Lafrance also owns White’s of Westport, the adjacent Hampton Inn and Bittersweet Farm, among other properties.

Source: Fall River Herald News, Self-storage approval appealed

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