Topics: Development

ORLEANS — To the poet Goethe, architecture was “frozen music.” To some members of the architectural review committee, plans to modernize the look of an office building on South Orleans Road are out of tune with the community’s design guidelines. According to draft minutes of the committee’s Nov. 14 meeting, the proposal by Del Mar Vacations, Inc., for 24 South Orleans Rd. was withdrawn by Matt Cole of Cape A...

New Development Planned For Harwich Port

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — A sign reading “Be Part of Harwich Port's Exciting Future” is drawing a lot of interest in town. Erected on the vacant land across from Cumberland Farms, between Heather's Hairport and the former Bayside Realty office, the sign includes a rendering of a future retail and residential development. There has been a lot of talk about the improved business climate in Harwich Port over the past couple of y...

ORLEANS — Bluefish Outfitters, the parent company of Goose Hummock Shops, won’t drop anchor for marina and boat storage at the former Beth Bishop parking lot on Route 28. “We have found an alternate site and will not be asking to store boats on the property at this time,” David Bailey, outdoor center manager for Goose Hummock, wrote in an email Nov. 13. At the Nov. 6 zoning board meeting, the company withdre...

Solar Array Proposed For Middle Road Sand Pit

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – In the late 1960s and early '70s, the sand pit off Middle Road was the scene of dune buggy races every Sunday. Crowds came to cheer as local drivers races around the dirt track in custom-built vehicles that made up in power what they lacked in beauty. The sand pit may be generating a different kind of power if a plan to develop solar photovoltaic array on the property wins approval. NextGrid, a na...

Restaurant Unlikely At East Harwich Fire Substation

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Town staff has recommended against locating a restaurant in the former East Harwich fire substation, a proposal raised recently by a local restaurateur who sought to lease the building next to the new fire station. Town Administrator Christopher Clark said he has been approached by the owner of the 400 East restaurant about leasing the soon-to-be-demolished East Harwich fire substation. Clark said th...

Preliminary Plan Approved For Route 137 Development

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The planning board has approved a 10-lot preliminary subdivision plan for Route 137 Development LLC, but East Harwich residents were more interested in a possible alternative use of the 12 acres between Chrisjobeth Circle and Sherwood Road. Town Planner Charleen Greenhalgh told those in attendance that there has been a “great deal of misinformation” about the plan. She made it clear it was not a 40B ...

HARWICH — The Royal of Harwich Village property in Harwich Center has been sold to a Brookline-based company, The Royal Apartments, LLC, for $1.5 million. The company also purchased the adjacent property, a 20,038-square-foot lot containing an 1850 Greek Revival house for $500,000. Matthew Newman is trustee of The Royal Apartments, LLC and a part-time resident of Harwich. He said Monday the goal for the proper...

Major Improvements Sought For Wychmere Beach Club

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — A major waterfront improvement project is being proposed for the Wychmere Beach Club, including the reconstruction of existing facilities and the addition of a new restaurant, small restroom, retail building and a pavilion extension. Wychmere Harbor Real Estate filed an application with the board of appeals to alter the existing special permit or to issue a new special permit for the waterfront prope...

Harwich Center Project Approved By Planning Board

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — It took a year, but the proposed mixed-use convenience store with two apartments above was approved this past week for the former Getty gas station site in the middle of Harwich Center. “I’m really happy and excited about this,” Saumil Patel said after the project was approved. “Getting a perfect design the committees and neighbors like has taken some time.” Patel hopes to complete the purchase of...

HARWICH — There was more of a congenial atmosphere last week than previously in the planning board session with the proposed developers of a retail store proposed on Route 28 in West Harwich, even as the board contemplated sending the project to the Cape Cod Commission as a limited discretionary referral. Harwich Retail LLC is proposing to build a 7,489-square-foot store on property at 48 and 52 Route 28; the ...

Planning Board Gives Nod To Stone Horse Dormitories

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The planning board last week approved a site plan review and special permit for the redevelopment of the Stone Horse Motel property and opted not to refer the redevelopment project to the Cape Cod Commission, despite requests from neighbors. The redevelopment plan for the former motel calls for constructing two dormitories with 42 rooms in each building, two beds per room, to be used primarily to prov...

ORLEANS — Beaming like Shakespeare's Prospero, Alan McClennen descended a long flight of stairs to welcome visitors to Sipson Island last week. No tempest drove the electric-powered vessel Friends of Pleasant Bay ashore; in fact, the floating classroom disembarked its passengers in knee-high water. After striding through the surf like General MacArthur making good on his “I shall return” vow, the group of en...

How To Save Chatham

By: Tim Wood

Forum Participants Suggest Ways To Keep Town Vital CHATHAM – Prior to Saturday's Chatham 365 task force forum, Courtney Alex Wittenstein said she wrote a break-up letter to Chatham. “I'm living proof of what's happening here,” said Wittenstein, who grew up in town but lives in Harwich. “I couldn't move here, I couldn't raise my family here, I couldn't start a business here.” During the two-and-a-half-h...

Stonehorse Housing Proposal Heading To Planning Board

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Plans have been filed for the redevelopment of the Stonehorse Motel facilities along Route 28 in South Harwich. The planning board will hear the proposal to use new dormitory structures for seasonal workforce housing next month. The petitioner is Main Street Stone Horse, LLC, which purchased the 2.6-acre site earlier this month from Outer Cape Health Services, Inc. for $750,000. The Secretary of Stat...

Building Activity, Values Ramp Up In 2018

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – The number of new homes as well as additions and renovations to existing houses increased in 2018, but last year also saw a decrease in the number of demolition permits issued by the town. The estimated value of both new homes and additions and renovations also increased substantially last year. According to the community development department, 1,060 building permits were issued in 2018, a 16.6 p...

New Harwich Center Convenience Store Plan Filed

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — A new proposal for a convenience store at the former gas station in Harwich Center has been filed with the historic district and historical commission. The proponent for the mixed-use development, Saumil Patel, withdrew plans in December after six months of debate relating to compliance with historic character in the village. At that time, Patel's attorney Howard C. Cahoon said they would be back wit...