Topics: Development

ORLEANS – The Underground Mall off Route 6A has been vacant for years. But Chris DeSisto sees parking inside the existing buildings and landscaped greenspace breaking up the expansive pavement. More than anything, however, he sees an opportunity to provide moderately-priced housing to people in and around Orleans who need it. DeSisto, owner of Maple Hurst Builders, presented preliminary plans for building w...

Committee Gets To Work On Governor Prence Plan

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS – Where to begin with plans for the Governor Prence Inn property? Town officials say a tour of the 5.5-acre parcel might be a good start. The first meeting of the Governor Prence Planning Committee was held Oct. 21. The seven-member board, which is comprised of one member each from the town’s select board, planning board, affordable housing committee and affordable housing trust board as well as th...

CHATHAM – During a public hearing last week, members of the planning board made clear their reluctance to approve a subdivision for the former Monomoy Theatre property without more information about the future of the theater building and the historic home adjacent to it. They may have no choice, however. If the five-lot subdivision plan for 776 Main St. and 70 Depot Rd. meets the requirements set out in the...

Former Cumberland Farms Building Sold

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – The former Cumberland Farms store at 859 Main St., which has been vacant since 2016, has been purchased by a local homeowner who plans to upgrade and lease the property. The site has been considered an eyesore since the building was boarded up after Cumberland Farms moved to new quarters near the downtown rotary. Located at the busy intersection of Main Street and Crowell Road, the property's rundown...

HARWICH — The owners of the Chloe’s Path subdivision off Sisson Road are proposing to build 96 housing units on 8.14 acres to the rear of the town’s public safety facilities. Landowners Peter Donovan and Gary Terry and their consultants want to engage in a preliminary discussion with the selectmen about the scope of the project, the regulatory process and community outreach, said Attorney Andrew Singer. The...

Selectmen To Investigate Hall's Path Clearing

By: William F. Galvin

EAST HARWICH — A subcommittee of the board of selectmen will investigate the work of a contractor who cut a 51-foot swath of trees along a section of Hall Path. Questions about ownership of the land have been raised and there is concern that a portion of the disturbed land belongs to the Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School. The town issued two cease and desist orders to halt the activity. Selectman Michael MacA...

CHATHAM – The planning board approved a preliminary seven-lot subdivision plan for the former Monomoy Theatre property last week. It's the latest step in the redevelopment of the 2.7-acre property by owner Chatham Productions LLC. The proposal will require final subdivision approval by the planning board as well as a special permit from the zoning board of appeals to develop single-family homes on six of the l...

Conversion Of Royal To Apartments Approved By Plan Board

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The 26-unit Royal Apartments project was approved last week by the planning board over the objection of residents in the neighborhood who were concerned with density, traffic and parking issues that will be generated by the conversion of the assisted living facility to apartments. The proposed apartments would be located in the former Royal of Harwich assisted living facility at the corner of Bank an...

Planning Board Approves Route 28 Boat Repair Shop

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The planning board has given its unanimous approval to a 4,000-square-foot boat maintenance and repair shop along Route 28 in West Harwich, despite issues raised about the aesthetics of the planned metal structure. Allen Harbor Marine Service proposed construction of a 60-by-78-foot building with a maximum height of 25 feet at 282 Route 28, to the east of Villa Roma Restaurant. The project required s...

ORLEANS — Seventy-five years ago, Jack and Laura Johnson of Truro cooked up an idea for a weekly newspaper. Under its second owner, Malcolm Hobbs, The Cape Codder built a headquarters at 5 Namskaket Rd. in with ample space for a printery, including a giant ink tank. The building would shake as a press operator announced each run: “Caaaaape Cod-uh!” The press is long gone, stilled and sold by an off-Cape corp...

Holy Trinity Church Annex Building Reduced To Rubble

By: William F. Galvin

WEST HARWICH — After a one-year demolition delay expired less than two weeks ago, the Roman Catholic Diocese and Holy Trinity Church moved quickly to remove the Gothic Revival late Victorian 1914 structure on church property along Route 28 in West Harwich, razing it last Wednesday. “It is sad that the church couldn’t have found it in their hearts to conserve, restore and repurpose this...historic parish home,”...

HBDC Denial Of Monomoy Demolitions Appealed

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – The historic business district commission's denial of a request to demolish five buildings on the former Monomoy Theatre property was discriminatory and overstepped its authority, the owners of the property claim. Chatham Productions LLC is asking the board of selectmen to overturn the commission's Nov. 18 decision. In an appeal sent to selectmen Nov. 25, owner Greg Clark wrote that during the hearin...

Royal Apartments Heading To Planning Board Under New Bylaw

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Under the newly approved multifamily zoning amendment, the owner of the former Royal of Harwich Center nursing home/assisted living property at the corner of Bank and Parallel streets will be going before the planning board next week seeking permits for a 26-unit apartment complex. A similar proposal for re-use of the two buildings drew opposition from residents of the area last spring, and the appli...

Remediation Work Winding Down At Handler Auto Parts Site

By: William F. Galvin

Still No Plans For Future Development  HARWICH — The land remediation work on the 3.14-acre Handler Auto Parts site along Route 28 in Harwich Port is nearing completion, but there remains no plan for the redevelopment of the land, which commands sweeping views of Allen Harbor and its marsh. Jeff Handler said this week no decisions have been made on future plans for development of the property, which is zone...

Cedar Spring Herb Farm Sold To Breast Feeding Center

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The nearly seven-acre Cedar Spring Herb Farm off Long Pond Drive has been sold to a nonprofit organization that provides breast feeding education. For the past 23 years the farm has served as an herbal sanctuary dedicated to connecting people and plants with wellness. Donna Wood Eaton has been the sanctuary steward and overseen the operation of the farm she owns with her husband, Brad, consisting of ...

Mini Golf Course Decision Hinges On Wordsmithing

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — A final decision on the proposal for a miniature golf course at Route 28 and Sisson Road was postponed by the planning board last week to allow time to develop specific language and conditions to apply to the project. “I think there needs to be more work done by the staff to get a final decision put together,” planning board member Joseph McParland said, adding that the board was likely to approve th...