By Julie Huss
---- — DERRY — A new coffee business hopes to bring drive-through service to Manchester Road.
The former Pinkerton Tavern property at 13 Manchester Road is being eyed as a potential site for a drive-through Aroma Joe’s Coffee business.
Derry’s Zoning Board got an early look at some of the details and granted the business a variance to construct a building near wetlands on the property.
This was a first step in getting the plan approved.
The site of the former restaurant was sold for $255,000 to Dan Gabriel Inc., assigned to Caffeine Team LLC, according to town purchasing records.
Gilford-based consultant Steve Smith represented the developers and owners. He presented a preliminary look at the proposed coffee business.
The building would be a one-story, 840-square-foot structure offering only drive-through service for customers wanting to buy coffee.
There will be no inside seating or service.
“You will pull up, order and then drive around,” Smith said.
He said the new business would be a good fit for that property and would be in line with neighboring businesses and uses in that area of town.
He said the new building is small and narrow, and would allow for more of the property to be used for open green space and landscaping.
“We want to redevelop that lot and get it back on the tax roll,” Smith said.
The town paid $722,842 for the Manchester Road property in 2011, part of the tax increment financing, or TIF, district project in that section of Derry, a major widening project from the Crystal Avenue/Tsienneto Road intersection up past Ashleigh Drive.
The 1.39-acre parcel was assessed at $255,500. The land had been on the market for months.
This is the first step, Smith said, as part of the purchase and sales agreement with the town. The next stop will be the Planning Board to begin the site review process.
Zoners liked the plan.
“It’s a good use,” Board Chairman Alan Virr said. “It fits.”