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Walmart looks to Rindge to approve expansion


RINDGE — A multimillion dollar expansion of the Walmart off Route 202 could get site plan approval next week.

Walmart officials expect to meet with the Planning Board Jan. 7, seeking site plan approval.

An expansion of the 20-year-old Walmart into a Super Walmart that would include a new grocery section has been in the works for the past two years.

The proposed expansion would add 42,000 square feet to the existing 76,148 square-foot Walmart that sits on 17 acres off Route 202.

“With the addition of 42,000 square feet it would be about 118,000 square feet in total,” Rindge Planning Director Mark Smith.

The expansion and preliminary designs were first proposed to the Planning Board in 2011.

At that time the Planning Board denied a waiver when no plan for the septic system was submitted.

Planners said they were concerned about the soil and water flow based on the proposed location of a waste water treatment plant to serve the larger building, without a detailed plan required by the town for the proposed waste water treatment plant.

Walmart officials returned to the Planning Board in August.

Monday Smith said Walmart officials have met with the Planning Board several times since and hashed out major aspects of the site plan such as wetlands, traffic and drainage issues.“I think the site plan approval at this point is whittled down to a few basic issues,” Smith said, primarily the size and appearance of the signs and whether there would be sidewalk sales and/or storage.

“Basically, I think they are ready for site plan approval,” Smith said.

Rindge, on the Massachusetts border, already has Market Basket and Hannaford supermarkets on Route 202.

mpierce@newstote.com

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