BELGRADE — An engineering firm that would like to construct a Dollar General store on a property next to the Town Office has withdrawn temporarily its application to the Planning Board.

A project manager for the firm, Bohler Engineering, of Southborough, Massachusetts, did so at a board meeting Thursday evening, in part because, he acknowledged, the application was incomplete.

The project manager, Austin Turner, explained that the firm was seeking exemptions from several town ordinances, including one that limits how much development can take place on the proposed plot of land and another that limits how many parking spaces could be created there.

The 1-acre site at 1002 Augusta Road, also known as Route 27, is between the Town Office and the post office in Belgrade.

Dollar General, through Bohler Engineering, proposes to build a 9,318-square-foot retail store on the site.

Plans indicate that an abandoned, 1,000-square-foot, single-story stucco building is on the site now.


But at the meeting Thursday, it was not exactly clear to Turner, the Planning Board members or Code Enforcement Officer Gary Fuller, who attended the meeting, which local officials had the authority to approve those waivers and variances.

“I think it’s premature for me to be here or to have filed a placeholder application,” Turner said towards the end of the meeting. “I know the things that are incomplete.”

Turner said he would discuss with Fuller the size of the building proposal, to see if the code enforcement officer had the authority to make a waiver. He then would return to the board, he said.

Turner initially thought he would need to go the town’s Board of Zoning Appeals for that waiver.

Charles Eichacker — 621-5642

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Twitter: @ceichacker

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