By Carol Casey
Appearing before the Oct. 16 meeting of the Development Review Board (DRB), J. Graham Goldsmith, Jr. presented a sketch plan application for adding 12 new commercial buildings just south of the two existing buildings at Shelburne Green. The new development, called Shelburne Green Shaker Village, would consist of one-story buildings – ranging from approximately 2,500 square feet to 9,000 square feet – designed to resemble farm buildings. They would be added in two stages as the market demands and would form an open square facing Shelburne Road. The complex would be accessed by an entrance off Route 7, just south of Fiddlehead Brewery, and connected by gravel driveways and parking lots. The goal of the new development is to create affordable space for startup companies and is estimated to create approximately 180 new jobs. The two buildings currently in place are at an 82-percent occupancy rate and house nearly 160 employees. Several residents from The Gable, located near the northeast corner of the property, attended the meeting to request adequate tree screening and fencing to separate their homes from the complex.
After a thorough discussion of the sketch plan created and explained by Dave Marshall of Civil Engineering Associates, the DRB voted to classify the application as a major subdivision and authorized the preparation of a preliminary plan application. One potential obstacle in the project is that minimum periphery buffer zone requirements would not be met. Possible solutions would be to divide the property into two subdivisions – one for the two existing buildings and another for the 12 planned buildings – or to seek an amendment to the minimum periphery buffer zone requirements. The developers indicated they are inclined to pursue the second option.
In other business, the DRB approved:
- A final plan amendment application for modifying a ramp and adding parking spaces, outside light fixtures, and a walkway behind the Towle House at 5115 Shelburne Road;
- Three applications for lakeshore erosion control structures at 151 Ordway Shore Road, 357 Ordway Shore Road, and 422 Lands End Lane; and
- A final plan amendment application to extend an existing driveway at 520 Sycamore Street in the Rivercrest Estates development, five feet outside the approved building envelope, for use as a basketball area. The driveway, now gravel, would be paved.
The next meeting of the DRB will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 7 pm in the Town Center.