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October 2, 2013

In Salisbury, major upswing in building projects


Last week, veterinarian Dr. Heidi Bassler moved her animal hospital from its building on Bridge Road to newly reconstructed and larger space at Route 110’s Crossroad’s Plaza, located at 1 Merrill St. Formerly, Bassler Veterinary Hospital had about 2,500 square feet of clinical space, she said, but it wasn’t the most effective format. The new animal hospital has 3,800 square feet that Brassler had designed specifically for its intended purpose.

Bassler planned the expansion for more than two years, she said, and always wanted to keep her business in Salisbury, where her client base is. With the expansion, the practice can continue to accept new patients.

Residential growth has also begun again, after years when few if any new subdivisions or condominium developments were born. Once abandoned, the Northpointe residential subdivision on Seabrook Road is up and going again, as is a unique concept in condominium living at a complex under construction at 12 Beach Road. And there have been individual single-family homes breaking ground as well, Lovering said. And renovations and additions are also improving.

To offer some comparisons, in May 2009 ,only one single-family home pulled a building permit, while 15 residential units received building permits this May, along with one $175,000 addition.

This August, the numbers were also promising, with five single-family homes and one two-family issued building permits, compared to one in 2009.

And not to be forgotten, Gorniewicz said, the 13 acres of land that once was a go-kart venue located at 191 Beach Road is currently under construction with a two-year building plan that will result in 210 apartments.

There’s been little new activity in the town’s industrial park since 2008, Gorniewicz said, even though the town extended its sewer lines down Rabbit Road. But today, there are two sizable building projects there.

One is a $645,000 expansion of TH Glennon at its site on Fanaras Drive, permitted in July. The other is a $772,000 project for Harnam, a new manufacturer coming to town. Also purchasing 5,000 square feet in an existing building in the Fanaras Drive industrial park this year was American Kammann, Inc.

“Yes, things are moving again,” Gorniewicz said.




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