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Saturday, November 18, 2006

Overload on convenience stores?

BELLINGHAM

A Cumberland Farms store and gas station proposed for the corner of Elm and South Main streets is under review by the Planning Board. At a recent meeting, residents complained that the area doesn't need another convenience store and that homes will be razed for the project. It is the site of the current Log Cabin restaurant.

Cumberland Farms plans a convenience store and four islands with gasoline pumps. Town planner Stacey Wetstein advised residents that the board's jurisdiction is limited to determining whether the project meets requirements, and the project cannot be legally rejected just because residents don't want it in their neighborhood.

Abutters are seeking fencing around the property and would like the building and canopy over gas pumps to be designed to blend in with the character of the neighborhood.

The project will be before the Conservation Commission on Nov. 29, then back before the Planning Board on Dec. 28.

-- Alison O'Leary Murray

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