June 16, 2019

Home Depot expects to file Rockland plans

ROCKLAND – Representatives of the building supply chain The Home Depot expect to come before the city’s planning commission next month with details for a proposed store on Route 1 north of town.

The company announced its intentions in March 2001 to build a new 116,000-square-foot store on land once considered by Wal-Mart for a new Supercenter. The City Council agreed to a zone change for The Home Depot, which was approved in late 2001. Further details were revealed at a pre-application meeting with city planners in November.

Company representatives expected to bring final plans before the city in January, but The Home Depot’s John Simley said last week that internal paperwork delayed the application. The company expects to file its application with the city in time for the planning commission to consider it in July, he said.

The Home Depot plans did not meet with the community opposition that Wal-Mart faced, in part because the building supply store would not be open 24 hours, and its proposed parking lot is considerably smaller than that requested by Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart withdrew its application in 2000, citing high development costs.

After securing all required local, state and federal permits, a 21-week construction schedule is anticipated, company representatives have said.

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