BEDFORD — The former Grenon Trading Co. warehouse building along Route 101 could possibly be razed and replaced with two new commercial buildings.
The planning board has been presented with preliminary plans to demolish the aging structure at 276 Route 101 and replace it with two buildings that would house a CrossFit gym, Pino’s bakery and retail space.
Pinhan and Muge Cakir of Bedford previously purchased the former Grenon Trading Co. site, but had initially hoped to use the existing structure and renovate it with a new building facade, roof and windows.
Now, however, the couple is looking to completely redevelop the highly visible parcel that has become an eyesore in the community since Grenon’s closed several years ago.
“The existing building, parking areas, well and septic system will be removed and/or demolished as part of the redevelopment of the property,” Douglas Brodeur with Holden Engineering and Surveying wrote in a letter to Becky Hebert, town planning director.
Although some preliminary artist renderings have been submitted to the planning department, the owners are taking additional time to hire a new firm that could draft amended plans.
The site plan application was originally scheduled to be reviewed by the planning board today, but has since been postponed until Nov. 19.
According to the current plans on file at town hall, two commercial buildings are being proposed as part of the project.
“The buildings planned for 276 Route 101 include a single-story bakery and cafe with a small retail space, Pino’s Bakery, and a single-story, stepped level retail and gym building, phase two,” Zachary Brock of Warrenstreet Architects wrote in the plans.
The CrossFit gym is expected to occupy about 5,400 square feet, and the retail area will include 6,729 square feet; the tenants for the retail area have not yet been disclosed. The European-style bakery will house about 75 seats, according to the preliminary plans.
Initially, three separate buildings were being proposed for the site.
Because of the busy Route 101 sector, a left turn lane in the westbound lane of Route 101 is being recommended to accommodate traffic utilizing the new buildings.
The Cakirs met with town staff earlier this month and have indicated that they would like more time to redesign some portions of the proposed project, but expect those details to be finalized next month.
Pinhan Cakir, who has several degrees and prior careers as a sports agent, jeweler and college instructor, previously owned and operated a restaurant in Turkey for about five years.
He and his wife purchased the six-acre property in Bedford for more than $1 million about two years ago.