DEVENS — The business community at Devens appears to be ready to grow again with permitting complete for the Marlborough-based manufacturing outfit Integrated Process Technologies (ITP).
Comprehensive permitting for the company to move to the former Riggs Gymnasium off Charlestown and Jackson roads was granted by the Devens Enterprise Commission on June 27.
Founded in 2000, the company produces specialized manufacturing platforms for a variety of industries, explained co-founder and company President James Banks.
In that brief period of time, the company has grown to employ 60 professionals. Banks’ hope is that Devens will help the company take its next step.
“It’s very exciting,” he said. “We’re a company that’s been growing over the past six years, and this really gives us an opportunity to continue that growth.”
Having corresponded with the company since May, enterprise commission Land Use Administrator Peter Lowitt highly recommended the application be approved.
While the application included a number of waiver requests, the majority of it surrounded the company’s wish to utilize the site as it exists. It also included items that were enforceable at a later point if they became problematic.
Further, Lowitt said the applicant intended to put a currently vacant structure to use as a corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility.
“This is a great reuse of an existing building,” he said.
Among the waiver requests was having more parking spaces than needed and utilizing the existing lighting on the site, both of which were deemed acceptable because they raised no issues and were part of the existing site.
In general, commissioners were more curious about the types of materials that would be used on site. Harvard commissioner James DeZutter raised the question when he asked if toxic compounds were used in the manufacturing process.
Metal cleaning would be conducted infrequently on site, said Banks, but would be done with tools comparable to laundry detergent and mild citric acid in toxicity. That statement raised eyebrows and brought questions from more than one commissioner, but Lowitt concurred with that point of view.
“What he’s saying is it’s just like pouring orange juice. It’s not a big deal,” he said.
The majority of other questions pertained to loading docks that would be added to the Charlestown Road and rear side of the buildings.
While commissioners expressed some concern over how often they’d be used, Banks gave assurances that their use would be an infrequent occurrence.
Overall, the public hearing and unanimous approval took less than one hour to complete, but it came close to being delayed due to a lack of quorum.
Enterprise commission Chairman William Marshall had begun the proceedings by announcing that his company, North Middlesex Savings Bank, was financing the project. He was on the verge of abstaining from the hearing when Lowitt noted that Marshall’s absence would deprive the commission of a quorum. With that being the case, Lowitt said Marshall should invoke “the rule of necessity” to ensure a quorum, which he did.