BURRILLVILLE – A Woonsocket-based fuel company is moving forward with plans to build a new storage facility in town with the purchase of a 9.75 acre lot on Clear River Drive.

Woonsocket Consumers Coal Inc. purchased the land from Roderic Timpany of Pascoag for $300,000. Timpany bought the currently vacant lot in 2009 for $280,000.

The company plans to expand their business with a new propane storage facility on the land, where it will house two 30,000 tanks of the fuel, along with an office.

According to a zoning permit obtained earlier this year, zoners viewed the property prior to passing the application, needed for wholesale business, and the storage of flammable material in the General Industrial area.

The town held a public hearing on the application June 11, and at a hearing in May, Consumers officials told planners they intend to deliver about one 2,800 gallon truck of the fuel a day from the property, expanding their customer base. The project will disturb less than an acre of land according to plans submitted to the town, and will retain wetlands to the east and southwest sides.

Tanks will be nine-feet-long and stored three feet off the ground on a concrete pad surrounded by a six-foot-high chain link fence, according to plans prepared by engineers from Marc Nyberg Associates, Inc. The project would include an area for truck turnaround and an office for 2-3 employees.

It will be the company’s fourth location and although Planning Director Raymond Goff said he is not sure of the exact timeline for construction, work is expected to begin in fall.

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