DERRY — Planning officials gave a conditional OK to a new medical building on Tsienneto Road.
A 12,300-square-foot, two-story building is proposed at the rear of an existing medical building at 14 Tsienneto Road, part of a line of development sprouting up along that stretch of town within the last several years.
Tsienneto Development Fourteen LLC is developing the plan.
“It’s a very nice building, very similar to everything else in the neighborhood,” owner’s representative Christopher Nickerson said.
Conservation Commission members signed off on the site review in February. The Planning Board gave its conditional approval April 17.
With many species of native turtles documented in that area, officials want developers to make sure they are safe during construction. The state is home to several species of native turtles.
It’s not just the turtles. Some people working in abutting properties near the new building plan are also worried about the regular appearances of turkeys, fox and deer.
“This building will change the whole area,” Maureen Rose said.
She has worked at neighboring Merrimac Tile at 18 Tsienneto Road for 11 years. She said watching wildlife from her window is an enjoyable part of her day.
She said taking away any remaining green space from that area would have a detrimental affect on the landscape and the animals that call it home.
“I think it’s a crime, it’s a shame,” she said.
Nickerson said there are ways to protect the turtles, including installing special barriers around the property perimeter during construction.
Although it’s hard to determine which direction a turtle might travel, having barriers like silt fences in place could help, he said.
Officials gave approval and said all abutters would be notified when any blasting took place during construction.