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June 18. 2014 9:58PM

Haigh-Farr wants to expand site

BEDFORD — Conceptual plans for a phased expansion of the Haigh-Farr site at 43 Harvey Road were informally reviewed by the Planning Board on Monday.

Owner Louis Gargasz and applicant GD Holdings scheduled the review to get feedback on the plans before they start final design, said project engineer Brian Pratt of CLD Consulting Engineers. Expansion will take place in two phases including creating a 40,000-square-foot research and development, manufacturing and warehousing facility.

“Their business is doing really well and they’re hoping to need all that space,” Pratt said.

The first phase of the expansion includes building a 2,000-square-foot testing facility on the southeast corner of the property and associated site improvements. The company currently leases space for testing, Pratt said.

A driveway and about eight parking spaces would also be added. The building will be masonry and blue metal siding to fit in with the current facility. An estimated two to four jobs would be created during phase one.

 

During phase two, a 42,500-square-foot manufacturing building will be constructed. A wooded buffer will be maintained between the building and the F.E. Everett Turnpike. Parking will be along the front of the building with loading on the North side. About 50 new jobs could be created when full build out is complete, Pratt said.

Planning Director Rick Sawyer said it was good to see the company growing again so soon.

“I think it’s great to see a business expanding,” Chairman Paul Goldberg said.

Pratt said he would include the board’s feedback in the finished designs. Formal review of the project is expected to begin next month.

The company hopes to start construction of phase one in the fall. Phase two would be at least two years out, said owner’s representative John Flynn of John Flynn Builders.

Haigh-Farr designs, develops and manufactures high-tech antennas for defense, space, and commercial applications, according to its website. It moved to Bedford from Salem around 2004, according to Platt.

The original 12,000-square-foot facility was later expanded to 27,000-square feet.

jhanson@newstote.com


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