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January 16, 2014

Milton CAT eyes North Londonderry property

LONDONDERRY — Another large company hopes to call Londonderry home.

Proponents of a plan to build a new Milton CAT equipment facility on Industrial Drive gave an early look to Planning Board members at a meeting Jan. 8.

The Caterpillar equipment dealership began in Concord and has grown to 13 locations in six states. A Londonderry location would be its third in the Granite State.

Bradlee Farrin, corporate facilities manager for Milton CAT, gave board members preliminary details of what the company hoped would be a perfect fit for that part of town.

That area is zoned gateway business, an area that has distinct criteria for businesses to follow when planning a project.

“We’re just starting to see the first couple of projects under the jurisdiction of that district,” town planner Cynthia May said.

Farrin said the company is proud of its facilities and how they look. He said it’s early in the game to project just how big a Londonderry location would be, but said it could be up to 100,000 square feet for the complex.

“We still can’t commit yet to the size,” Farrin said.

There are still many details and things to work out, he said.

Farrin said other locations are “tired” and the new designs are attractive and would serve Londonderry well.

“We keep up our facilities,” he said.

As this was an early meeting between the company and planners, there is much more information to follow, Farrin said, including more details on how to manage building the facility safely within environmental restrictions of the town.

With big equipment planned on site, there would have to be many measures in place to ensure that safety.

“We have a whole spill prevention plan we have to follow,” Farrin said.

Planning Board Chairman Art Rugg said that zone in North Londonderry is not a “one size fits all” location. The Planning Board will have the opportunity to work with all who want to build there and make sure rules are followed prior to approval, he said.

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