TOWNSEND -- The Planning Board paved the way for a moving-and-storage company to open a facility on Scales Lane.
The board unanimously approved an application for a special permit during a public hearing at its meeting Monday night.
Owners Everett and Hyacinth Murray, and Larry Rose, attorney for Triple M Movers and Storage, appeared at the hearing in support of the permit to open a new branch of Triple M Moving and Storage at 35 Scales Lane.
"It's a pretty good facility for what they want to do; it's zoned industrial and there's more than enough parking," Rose said.
The site once housed a yarn manufacturer, but has been sitting vacant for several years, Everett Murray said.
The are not planning to make any structural or exterior changes to the building. They are, however, planning to install 169 metal storage bins and 18 climate-controlled storage units inside the building.
Storage would be used for both customers looking for personal storage, and to store unclaimed property in eviction cases, which make up a large part of their business, Rose said.
Rose said the branch would probably employ one new employee, and that there would be ample parking to accommodate all those visiting the location.
The original branch of Triple M has been open in Brockton for 13 years. The Murrays are also leasing a second plant in Chelmsford, which will close when the Townsend branch opens.
Board members determined the business would not have any negative impact on the community.
Board Chairman Jeffrey Peduzzi said the opening of the business would actually add less traffic than did the previous business. The fact that the business will be opening in an industrial area makes the decision easier, he said.
"Based on the location in town and the complete inobservability from the main road, this is exactly the kind of thing we want here," Peduzzi said.
Board members approved the application with the condition that the Murrays address concerns of the fire chief that the sprinkler system and fire alarms in the building be inspected and updated.
Planning Board members said they welcomed the addition of a new business in town.
"A lot of business has petered out. With all the empty storefronts, it's great that someone's coming in," said Vice Chairman Karen Coughlin.
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