BURRILLVILLE – A request to construct two new commercial buildings and a solar array on a vacant property at the corner of Victory Highway and East Avenue has been granted final approval by the Burrillville Planning Board, and is now set to move forward.
“Bronco Terrace,” will include two 4,908-square foot buildings, a 44 space parking lot and a 1.5-acre, 250 kW ground-mounted solar system, according to final plans submitted by owner and developer Andromeda Real Estate of Lincoln.
At a meeting on Monday, Jan. 9, planners unanimously approved Phase I of the project for construction of the new commercial structures, noting that Phase II approval for installation of the solar array can be completed administratively, without a return before the board.
“I anticipate that construction will begin in the coming months,” said Planner Raymond Goff. “There are some coordination efforts they will need to get in place before construction begins.”
The currently forested 8.74-acre lot is situated in a Village Commercial zone as well as the Route 102 Development Management District, and design plans by Marc Nyberg of North Smithfield-based Insite Engineering show an access road to be built off of East Avenue. The decision notes that the project is consistent with the town’s Comprehensive Plan in that it supports the use of renewable energy and will have no significant environmental impact.
The approval is conditioned on the developer obtaining the needed permits from the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management and Oakland Mapleville Fire Department. The decision also notes that the approval is limited to general office uses of the commercial space, and that any heavy traffic-generating uses, such as a restaurant, would require an additional traffic study. The developer is required to remove dead trees from the lot to be replaced with new greenery and planned buffer trees must be planted on the southernmost portion of the lot, which features residential properties facing Victory Highway.
The commercial buildings, meanwhile, will be located at the northern end of the property, closest to the busy roadways. The solar array, which marks Phase II of the project, will occupy the western portion, also close to Route 102
The plan marks a compromise from an initial application submitted in 2020, which envisioned a 20-unit condominium to be built on the lot.
The complete major development final plan for the project can be found here.