By Julie Huss
---- — DERRY — There could soon be a whole lot of Dumpsters off Ashleigh Drive.
A plan to bring a Dumpster Depot business was given site plan approval by the Conservation Commission last week. The Planning Board is the next stop for the 7,200-square-foot, two-story complex.
The project would use about 6 acres of the 62-acre parcel owned by Cormier Development.
The building would have 3,200 square feet of office space and 4,000 square feet for vehicle maintenance. There would be room for up to 350 Dumpsters outside the building.
“Ideally, this is going to be the Dumpster Depot site,” MHF Design project engineer Chris Tamula told town officials.
He said the company operates in Manchester , but has been eyeing Derry for a potential expansion.
“They are looking to relocate a portion of their development back down in Derry,” Tamula said.
The company is also working with Public Service of New Hampshire to ensure plans for an easement for the project’s driveway since it falls within close proximity to power lines.
Officials voiced concerns about what might be found or left over in the stored Dumpsters. Tamula said all Dumpsters stored on site would be empty and all cleaning measures would be followed to make sure any hazardous materials didn’t make it into nearby wetlands or water sources.
“That’s the misnomer here, that there is all sorts of garbage and greases in them,” Tamula said. “That’s ultimately not the case. Garbage is taken out at the waste management facilities.”
The proposal is for an area of town — off Manchester Road and Ashleigh Drive — to which officials hope to draw more business.
Tamula said he hoped to get the Dumpster Depot plans before the Planning Board next month.