By Julie Huss
---- — LONDONDERRY — A plan to bring a travel center to Rockingham Road has come before the Heritage Commission.
That site, the Sunoco station off Exit 5 of Interstate 93 near Liberty Drive, could someday be a travel plaza that would include a 15,080-square-foot building and gas pumps.
The building would house a convenience store, retail area and a small restaurant.
Last month, commissioners heard from Jeffrey Merritt, project engineer for Bedford-based Keach-Nordstrom Associates, and property owner Floyd Hayes.
The plan calls for a demolition of the present 1,800-square-foot building to make way for a travel plaza design. It would combine that property with two adjacent parcels also owned by Hayes.
The building’s design would be an ell-shaped, stucco-style structure that would incorporate the existing canopy that is required by the Sunoco company.
There would be little change to how traffic would access the site off Rockingham Road.
Early landscape plans show plantings including using purple lilacs along Liberty Drive. There would also be a rain garden retention area.
Lighting plans include parking lot lights and sconces on the main building. All lights would be LED types. The facility would be a 24-hour operation.
Hayes told the commission he wants to create a nice building with all businesses located there working together. He also wants to follow the town’s master plan and would modify his plaza’s look with different materials or siding, if requested.