Topics: Development

Court Rejects Suit Requiring Harwich To Upgrade Roads

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — A Barnstable Superior Court ruling has upheld the town’s position that it does not have to maintain, repair or improve portions of Seth Whitefield and Round Cove roads. Resident Robert Fratus Jr. asked selectmen on a couple of occasions last spring to improve the roads. During those discussions, a number of neighbors protested against the request to improve the base along the dirt road section of Whi...

ORLEANS – Questions about building size, traffic to be generated, and whether the operation is retail or wholesale were raised by the selectmen last week as they discussed the F. W. Webb building proposed for the Underground Mall site off Route 6A near the Brewster line. The board wants to hear more from all parties before making a decision about a discretionary referral of the project to the Cape Cod Commissi...

ORLEANS — You might call it the nuclear option. Should the board of selectmen decide to refer the F. W. Webb project to the Cape Cod Commission for review, and should the commission accept, all local permitting would be suspended. In a memo responding to the board’s request for an update on the proposed 38,329-square-foot development bordering Route 6A near the Brewster town line, Director of Planning and C...

Mini-Golf Course, Royal Apartment Appeals Withdrawn

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Both the 36-hole miniature golf course proposed for land at the corner of Route 28 and Sisson Road and the Royal Apartments proposal were withdrawn last week after it became clear neither project could muster the supermajority necessary for approval by the zoning board of appeals. Andrew Singer, the attorney representing mini-golf course property owner Andrew Hall of Emulous Hall Realty Trust, said l...

Industrial Zone Expansion Proponents Have Lost Interest

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The property owners who initiated a proposed change to the Industrial Light District along the west end of Queen Anne Road have now informed the town’s planning department they have no interest in pursuing the zoning change. The request to change the zoning was made to Town Planner Charleen Greenhalgh last summer by Alan and Edward Hall. In a public hearing on the proposed zoning change before the pl...

Delays In East Harwich Sewer Project Impact Development

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – The decision to put off a request for additional funding to complete phase two of the comprehensive wastewater management plan is creating problems for one local developer. Eastward Homes Business Trust of Chatham was issued planning board approval for the eight-lot Bascom Hollow subdivision off Route 39, to the east of the commercial district, in May 2018. Among the conditions imposed by the board o...

Trampoline Center Seeks To Bounce A Little Higher

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Trampoline Center along Route 28 will be getting a face lift for the first time in its 60 years of operation. The planning board last past week approved a number of improvements, including a snack shack and parking upgrades. Michael Doucette made the presentation before the board on behalf of Donna Smith, owner of the center. He said the business enters is in its 60th year of operation with littl...

ORLEANS — F. W. Webb is working on adding some touches to its proposed 38,000-square-foot, 30-feet-high sales and storage facility at 17 Nells Way after hearing from members of the Old King’s Highway Regional Historic District Committee. “This to me is a perfect building for an industrial park,” the OKH’s Stefan Galazzi said March 5 of the structure planned for the former site of the Underground Mall on Route ...

Webb Seeks OK From OKH For Demolition, New Building

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — F. W. Webb is making the rounds of town boards seeking approval to tear down buildings at the former Underground Mall on Route 6A near the Brewster line and build a 38,000-square-foot, 30-foot-high combination retail and warehouse facility. On March 4 at 7 p.m., the zoning board of appeals will review requests for relief from building size and parking requirements. The next day, at 6:30 p.m., the Old...

Harwich Port Commons Clears Planning Board

By: Alan Pollock

Owners Of Proposed Market Reach Agreement With Neighbors HARWICH — Having reached agreement with abutters, the developer of the proposed Harwich Port Commons market is moving the project ahead. On Jan. 28, the planning board voted to continue debate on the application by Paul and Diane Manning, the owners of the new 12,400-square-foot building at 557-563 Route 28, in light of the dispute with neighbors. A...

Davenport Companies Propose Housing On Marceline Property

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Davenport Companies, a major home and apartment rental company on the Cape, has filed plans to build four duplexes on 4.76 acres on Celebration Way, off Headwaters Drive, property owned by the estate of the late Jimmy Marceline. The company has also purchased property on Queen Anne Road used by Marceline to graze cows. A subdivision was approved in November for Davenport Companies, identified as p...

Mini-Golf Variance Decision Delayed Until End Of Month

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Despite a hearing room filled with people wanting to comment on a proposal to construct a 36-hole mini-golf course near the intersection of Route 28 and Sisson Road, the appeals board shut down the hearing as the hour neared 10:30 p.m., leaving residents holding their input until the hearing resumes later this month. The board had nine hearings scheduled for the session in late January, and several r...

ORLEANS — The development team for the proposed F. W. Webb facility on Route 6A was ready for a show and tell, complete with posterboard-mounted plans and drawings for a new 32,00-square-foot warehouse and sales building at the site of the currently vacant Underground Mall. Then the chairman of the Old King’s Highway Regional Historic District Committee made it clear that the Feb. 6 preliminary review would be al...

Neighbors Register Concern About Wychmere Resort Improvements

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The appeals board approved a revised special permit for improvements to facilities at the Wychmere Beach Resort last week, despite opposition from neighbors. The board’s decision came one day after the planning board continued a hearing for the project in which applicant Wychmere Harbor Real Estate, LLC was seeking to amend the site plan special permit for a structure greater than 7,500 square feet. ...

ORLEANS — This Webb site might draw a lot of attention. And this site would be real, not virtual. F.W. Webb Company, purveyor of plumbing, lighting supplies and more, wants to demolish two buildings at Bayberry Square, also known as the Underground Mall, on Route 6A near the Brewster line and build a 32,000-square foot building. For comparison’s sake, the former Hearth & Kettle at nearby Skaket Corners is ...

Mini-Golf Proposed Next To Bud’s Go-Karts

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There are plans to develop a 36-hole miniature golf course on the land adjacent to Bud’s Go-Karts on the corner of Route 28 and Sisson Road. The proposal was scheduled to go before the conservation commission on Wednesday night because a portion of the property is located in the floodplain. The section of Route 28 from Sisson Road to just west of Brooks Road has become the town’s center for summer re...