Market Basket Seeking Approval for New Lowell Store
LOWELL -- A proposal for a 71,100-square-foot Market Basket on Pawtucket Boulevard, located across the Rourke Bridge from one of the company’s oldest stores, will be reviewed by city officials this month.
The proposed retail development at 677 and 705 Pawtucket Boulevard, at the intersection with Old Ferry Road, is the site of a former drive-in theater. Market Basket has owned 677-705 Pawtucket Boulevard for several years.
The empty lot at 677 Pawtucket Boulevard had mounds of dirt and long grass Wednesday morning.
DSM Realty, an arm of the Market Basket grocery chain, will head in front of the Planning Board on Aug. 20. The applicant is seeking a site-plan review, special permit and variance. The plan also will need approval from the Zoning Board of Appeals.
The redevelopment of the 14-acre site would include the 71,100-square-foot supermarket with a 12,400-square-foot general retail space. The restaurant on the southern portion of the site, JJ Boomers, will continue operating.
The project will include ancillary landscape, parking, stormwater management and utility improvements. They also plan to reconstruct the parking lot for JJ Boomers at the corner of the intersection.
There will be a 437-space parking lot for the proposed Market Basket and general retail space. Landscaping will include the planting of deciduous and evergreen trees, shrub beds, and perennial and ornamental grass.
This proposed location is less than a mile from the Market Basket on Wood Street, directly across the Merrimack River. A Market Basket official could not be immediately reached for comment about the plans for that store.
The proposal has been reviewed in accordance with the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA). The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs issued a certificate, stating that the Final Environmental Impact Report “adequately and properly complies with MEPA and its implementing regulations.”
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