GROTON -- The Planning Board continued on Feb. 6 with a pre-submission review for plans to rebuild the Groton Inn, destroyed by fire in 2012.

Developer Richard Cooper brought members up to date on plans for the new inn that included elimination of separate short-term rental cabins to the rear of the new building. Instead, only one cabin will remain, with the rest to be combined into a single barn-like structure.

As for the inn building itself, Cooper said plans call for a ground floor with room for a gift shop, 50-seat restaurant, function room and office space.

"We're very proud of our first floor," said Cooper.

On the second and third floors, a total of 29 rooms will be available for visitors and a basement area with studio and office space, and a gym.

Next door, a carriage house will include a caretaker's apartment on the second floor with a ground floor given over to a rental shop for skis, bicycles and other sporting equipment.

"We couldn't be more excited about doing this project," concluded Cooper.

Concerns raised by board members included questions about access to the site and internal traffic circulation, snow storage, drainage and lighting.

With the conclusion of the Feb. 6 presentation, Cooper and partner Chris Ferris hope to make a formal special permit application with the board sometime over the next few weeks.

-- Pierre Comtois