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October 16, 2010

Developer files plan to build hotel

Hampton Inn, retail outlet may occupy 5 acres in Amesbury

AMESBURY — A developer interested in building a Hampton Inn on the corner of Route 110 and Elm Street has made an official application to the town to turn the corner of land east of Stop and Shop into a 92-room hotel.

True Homestead Limited Partnership filed an application for Site Plan Review with the Planning Board last week, asking them to accept its development plan for the 284 Elm St. location. Town Planner Nipun Jain said the proposal looks to be the same one they approached the board with in preliminary talks last spring.

Jain said he hasn't had time to fully review whether the application is identical to the preliminary one developers put forth to the Planning Board last spring. The proposal actually entails two applications, one for a 92-room hotel and another for a nearly 10,000-square-foot retail outlet on the 5 acre parcel that includes both 282 and 284 Elm Street.

True Homestead, a limited liability company owned by Herbert Sears of Exeter, N.H., owns one of the two parcels being eyed for the hotel and jointly owns with Fafard Development the second parcel slated for the retail building.

Sears has retained the services of Fred Ford with Cammett Engineering to navigate the pre-application process. According to information submitted at a March 8 joint meeting of the Planning Board and Conservation Commission, Cammett and True Homestead are conducting this work on behalf of the Hampton Inn, which intends to build on the property if everything goes as planned.

If things are to progress, the developers will have to convince the Planning Board it can build a commercial building of that size and scope on the 5-acre, triangular property; receive an order of conditions from the town's Conservation Commission; and get a permit from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation for curb cuts to provide entrance to the complex.

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