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April 5, 2014

New commercial building proposed at traffic circle

NEWBURYPORT — Planning Board members Wednesday night voted to continue a discussion to a future meeting of a proposed two-story commercial building at 190 State St., which is located at the Route 1 rotary.

The proposal comes from Leonidas Theodorou, a Topsfield developer whose plans for that area were approved in 2008. He did not move forward on the project, and he has altered the proposal that he submitted six years ago.

In 2008, Theodorou, who owns a building with a restaurant, the former Bird Watcher’s Supply and Gift building, and the surrounding land, submitted a plan that called for razing the two businesses and building a three-building, 10-unit complex.

Now, however, Theodorou is proposing adding one new building which would include 12,150 square feet of retail and office space. The project, which is on a lot of 1.05 acres includes the building formerly occupied by Bird Watcher’s Supply and Gifts. A sandwich shop adjacent to this abandoned building would stay.

The first floor would house up to five separate retail units. The second floor will host an undetermined number of office tenants. Site improvements include 39 parking spaces.The rotary is located in a commercial area that city officials have frequently said they would like to develop as an “attractive new entry point” to the city.

Residential developers recently proposed a 67-unit affordable housing residence area on Boston Road, a nearby area that is adjacent to the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority train station.

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