Real Estate Developer Moves Closer to Self-Storage Facility Approval in Westford, MA

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Cathartes Private Investments (CPI), a Boston-based real estate and energy-development firm, moved a step closer this week to receiving approval for a 570-unit self-storage facility in Westford, Mass. Representatives of the company shared project updates and changes with the planning board in response to previous hearings.

Attorney Doug Deschenes, a partner with Deschenes & Farrell, P.C., and Matt Waterman, a civil engineer with Land Tech Consultants, represented CPI.

Design changes included increasing the facility’s office from 600 to 800 square feet and adding two parking spaces. Waterman also revealed architectural elevation drawings, building floor plans and a site layout.

To accommodate previous city concerns, the onsite cistern has been increased from 10,000 to 32,000 gallons, and shrubs and trees will be removed from a snow-storage area to keep driving aisles clear when it snows. CPI also submitted a waiver request for the full traffic study.

The proposed facility will be on Commerce Way off Groton Road near Westford Solar Park and the ACE Hardware Plaza. It will encompass 72,800 square feet of storage in seven single-story buildings. An existing 14,000-square-foot office building will be demolished.

The proposal also includes reconstruction of the intersection of Commerce Way and Groton Road and roughly 1,100 linear feet of Commerce Way leading up to the facility.

The planning board will discuss the project again Feb. 19.

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