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Shirley building expansion still under consideration

Masy Biotech, based in Pepperell, has a branch facility in Shirley that it wants to expand. Located at 3 Patterson Road, the property is zoned industrial in a residential neighborhood.
ME Jones photo
Masy Biotech, based in Pepperell, has a branch facility in Shirley that it wants to expand. Located at 3 Patterson Road, the property is zoned industrial in a residential neighborhood. ME Jones photo
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SHIRLEY — A Patterson Road building project that was sidelined earlier this fall may resurface, if a new plan the property owner, Jonas Angus, is working on gains traction.

Located at 3 Patterson Road and zoned commercial/industrial in a residential area, the property sits between Shirley Water District land and the railroad tracks.

Angus has explained that the project — a proposed addition to the big-box-style building that would double its size — was in response to a tenant’s stated need to expand operations there.

The tenant, Masy Bio Services, which moved in over the summer, provides specialized storage for pharmaceutical products and bio-medical devices. Headquartered in Pepperell, the company wanted more space at the Shirley facility to accommodate stepped-up demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Angus needed a special permit for the expansion and his application was under review by the Planning Board when he withdrew it, amid abutters’ objections and a procedural error that would have prolonged the process.

Masy President Laurie Masiello said at the time that her company couldn’t absorb the setback. “It will not meet our time line for building completion,” she said.

Now, Angus aims to try again, starting with a tentative bid to buy 2 acres of land from his neighbor, the Shirley Water District.

With the added acreage behind his property, the building extension could connect out back instead of in front, Angus told the water district commissioners when he presented the idea at their recent meeting. The driveway, which his first plan called for reconfiguring, would stay as is.

With less visual impact overall, neighbors leery of the original project might like this version better. But what about Masy? Angus said he hadn’t discussed it with his tenant yet.

Masiello has said her company can’t expand operations there without the addition.

With details to be worked out, such as a land survey that Angus offered to initiate, and setting a price, Commissioner Ann Towne said the proposal must be discussed at a duly posted public meeting. Then, if the commissioners support the sale, Water District customers would be asked to vote on it, she said.

The issue may come up when the commission meets again in November. Unless otherwise posted, meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month at the Water District office on Ayer Road.