August 19, 2019

Irving for Hampden?

On Aug. 30, the Irving Oil Corp. submitted to the town of Hampden’s Planning Office an application for “site plan and conditional use review” relating to four lots fronting on the east side of the Main Road near its intersection with Western Avenue.

Irving’s intent is to construct, on the 2.3-acre site between Canoe Club Road and the Kiwanis driveway, a complex which, if approved, would include: a 4,166-square-foot convenience store with two food franchises, 13 seats and a “drive-through” window for food service; 10 fueling positions under an Irving canopy (connected to the building); a 1,920-square-foot car wash building; vacuum cleaner-air service island; and three underground fuel storage tanks.

To alleviate potential traffic problems, Irving is also recommending that Canoe Club Road be aligned with Western Avenue and that the new complex share an access drive with the Kiwanis Community Center.

Insofar as this new proposal for the center of Hampden likely will have significant implications for Hampden’s tax base, and the fundamental character of the Main Road, Hampden residents may wish to review Irving’s proposal and blueprints. These documents are available for review in the Hampden Municipal Building during regular business hours.

I understand that Irving’s application will first be considered by the Planning Board at its October public meeting. I urge residents of Hampden to become familiar with this major new proposal for our town, and to share with our elected and appointed officials their views on its potential impact. Michael M. Hastings Hampden town councilor

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