TOWNSEND — Property owner Dana King has been gauging town support for an easement that would enable him to build on a piece of property off Main Street that abuts Saunders Road.
The Board of Selectmen cannot grant the easement, said King, but its verbal support and a letter to the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority might allow him move forward with plans for his industrial-zoned land.
“We just don’t want to battle through the railroad company only to find the town doesn’t support this project,” King told the selectmen at their Jan. 30 meeting.
A portion of the land owned by King is landlocked because the MBTA owns the right of way. The railroad tracks are no longer in use there, town administrator Gregory Barnes said, and a Rail Trail proposal does not include that area. However, easements are difficult to obtain from the MBTA, Barnes said.
“There is obviously an uphill battle there,” Barnes said.
King owns the brick building that was once Tumber’s Package Store, plus the barn next door. There are about 40 acres behind it, and 10 of those acres could be developed, he said.
“But we’d like to tie it all together,” King told the board, so that he can pursue the option of building a small industrial park with rental space for commercial-industrial businesses such as warehouses, industry or electrical contractors.
The Planning Board also discussed King’s request at a meeting the evening prior. Overall, members supported the easement proposal based on the type of business King suggested for the site.