By Julie Huss
---- — DERRY — Residents living near a proposed Dumpster business don't want to see bright orange storage containers from their back yards.
A plan to bring a 7,200-square-foot, two-story Dumpster Depot to a site off Ashleigh Drive is drawing fire from residents of Don Mac Drive and Greenwich Road.
The project would use about 6 acres of a 62-acre parcel owned by Cormier Development. It would include 3,200 square feet of office space and 4,000 square feet for vehicle maintenance. There would be storage room for up to 350 Dumpsters outside the building.
The Planning Board was scheduled to hear more details on the plan at a public hearing this week.
Greenwich Road resident Brenda Wilson is one resident hoping not to see hundreds of Dumpsters from her property.
"We live about 900 feet behind (the property) and I am the only home on Greenwich Road," Wilson said. "I won't be able to go out on my back deck without seeing orange Dumpsters."
She said trees already have been cleared and not much vegetation remains between her home and the proposed business site.
"There is no buffer anymore, I'm telling you the trees came down," she said. "I see everything now."
Wilson and about 80 other concerned residents signed a petition they planned to present to the Planning Board this week, protesting the project. Residents also participated in a site walk with town officials Saturday at the proposed Dumpster site.
Dumpster Depot officials said the new plan is a good one.
“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 eyed Derry for a potential expansion.
Tamula described the area separating the property from abutting land as a "thick wooded area" that would keep protect nearby residents.
Dumpster Depot is among many businesses now open or proposed for that Industrial IV zone off Manchester Road and Ashleigh Drive. It's an area town officials hope will attract more business.
The Dumpster business would be near the new Wal-Mart, a movie theater, strip malls with several types of businesses, a grocery store and self-storage facility, all allowed uses in that zone.
David Fisher lives on Don Mac Drive and called the Dumpster plan "an exercise in futility" as far as he and his neighbors are concerned.
"This is a disgusting project that will destroy our neighborhood," he said. "And a buffer? That's a lie. There are about three trees."
Property values would plummet, Fisher said, if they had Dumpsters for neighbors.
Tamula said all Dumpsters stored at the site would be empty and all cleaning measures would be followed to make sure any hazardous materials wouldn't filter 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.”
Wilson said the final outcome could put property values in a Dumpster.
"I love my house, I love my neighbors, but I'm sick over this," she said. "I do not want Dumpster Depot in my back yard."