Topics: Development

ORLEANS — After sampling the unanimous opposition of the architectural review committee to a proposed new CVS building, the owners of Skaket Corners Shopping Plaza withdrew their application last week. The board granted the request without prejudice, allowing the proponents the option of coming back with another plan. During a three-hours-plus meeting July 13, members said the 9,997-square-foot building w...

CHATHAM – After the automobile began to dominate the Cape's burgeoning tourist industry in the 1930s and '40s, small collections of cabins – referred to as cottage colonies – began to spring up throughout the region. Many were located on ponds or near the ocean, often away from business and other resort centers. The camps were mostly small and affordable for families with few of the amenities that vacationers ...

HARWICH PORT — Changes are being proposed to the plan to redevelop the former Dino's restaurant location in the center of the village, and the possibility those changes could include a restaurant has some neighbors concerned. Last week the board of health heard a request for a septic permit for the property more than double the required capacity of the original proposal, leading some to believe a restaurant co...

CHATHAM – Fred and Lindsay Bierwirth were driving by the former Campari's Restaurant on Orleans Road when they both had one of those “aha” moments. The couple was at a crossroads in their life; Fred was working for an investment research firm and was ready for something different. Lindsay, a stay-at-home mom who also does research for author Michael Thompson, wanted to move back to her hometown to raise their ...

ORLEANS — Proponents of a new CVS at Skaket Corners swallowed a dose of strong medicine administered by the architectural review committee May 11. With the project under formal review, the board criticized its design, location on the site, height, overall mass, and lack of variety of materials. Stressing the prominence of the site as a gateway to Orleans, members said the building failed to reflect the chara...

HARWICH — The conservation commission continues to work through issues relating to the agricultural use of land associated with Eldredge Farm. The farm is located in Brewster with a segment operated over the Harwich town line. There remain outstanding questions regarding the ownership of the Harwich land. The town's assessing department does not recognized the ownership claim made by Jeff and Laura Eldredge, w...

Harwich Haunted Forest Gets Commission Approval

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There will be some scary scenes in the wetlands behind Grand Slam Entertainment next fall. The conservation commission last week approved a request for a determination of applicability for a temporary haunted forest to be created in the weeks leading up to Halloween. Grand Slam Entertainment owner Phillip “Skip” Fennell was before the commission a few weeks ago making a preliminary presentation on...

CHATHAM – Justin Post, the town's building commissioner for the past four years, has resigned to take the top building department job in Wellfleet. Post's last day on the job was Friday. He starts his new position of building inspector in Wellfleet Jan. 23. “I am honored to have served the people, businesses, and contractors of the town of Chatham and also as honored to have learned from and to have worked ...

Few Details On Plans For Harwich Center Gas Station

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The sign on the former Getty gas station property in Harwich Center that reads “Winstead Village Inn Expansion” is drawing a lot of attention. The landscaping along Main Street in front of the shuttered station has also been vastly improved, with holiday lighting signaling hope for the future there. The property is owned by Bassil Brothers Trust, which purchased it from Getty Realty Corporation for $...

Planning Board Issues Harwich Port Plaza Special Permits

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The planning board unanimously approved four special permits last week paving the way for construction of the Harwich Port Plaza project in Harwich Port. The board acted after receiving and reviewing a development agreement with abutters to the east and west of the project site. Attorney Michael D. Ford told the planning board last Tuesday that his clients, Paul and Diane Manning, were able to forge ...

HARWICH — The abutters to the fish house on the Herring River, which the owners are seeking to reconstruct and lease as a shellfish nursery, have appealed the recent superseding order of conditions issued by the state Department of Environmental Protection, claiming that the state and town's review process was faulty. Francis and Debra Zarette, trustees of Farm View Realty Trust, purchased the former Lucas fis...

Harwich Port Cumberland Farms Closing Doors On Sunday

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH PORT — The Cumberland Farms store here will close on Sunday, and demolition will follow shortly there after. The goal is to have a new store built and ready to open by the beginning of February, Rick Boyle, regional manager for the company, said this week. The plan is to construct a 3,585 square-foot store, slightly larger than the existing one. The plans show 1,864 square feet of retail space. It will...

CHATHAM – While the windmill at 66 Briggs Way can't be seen from street, for those passing by on Chatham Harbor, it's a familiar landmark. “When you sail out of the cut, it's iconic,” historical commission chairman Frank Messina said of the waterfront building, which sits above a high stone revetment at the crest of a wide, green lawn. The windmill now serves as the center of a long, rambling home, most of ...

CHATHAM – Based on spending approved at the May annual town meeting, town officials estimated that the tax rate would increase by about 16 cents. But after factoring in new growth, revised property values and increased local revenue, the rate increased by just one cent. As they do every year, selectmen last week voted to retain a single tax rate for all property classifications. Later in the week the state dep...

Building Commissioner Riquinha Moving On To Wareham

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town's building commissioner over the past two years, David Riquinha, has announced his resignation. Riquinha, who lives in Dartmouth, will be taking a similar position closer to home and family in the town of Wareham. Riquinha said it takes him an hour and 10 minutes to get from Dartmouth to Harwich, and it will only take him 20 minutes to go from Dartmouth to Wareham. The new position he will t...