LONDONDERRY — Developers of a large equipment facility plan returned to the Planning Board with a few changes in mind.
Representatives of a Milton CAT Caterpillar 81,000-square-foot warehouse at 30 Industrial Drive came before officials at a meeting July 9 to give updates on the design and show a few changes they made.
Bradlee Farrin, corporate facilities manager for Milton CAT, told the board originally the plan was to relocate other New Hampshire CAT operations from Weare and Hopkinton to Londonderry in a multi-phase project.
Now, the plan is to do a full site build-out in one phase only.
“We changed the plan a bit, hopefully for the better,” Farrin said.
The 9-acre property will include the warehouse and also space for sales and service of equipment.
New equipment will be displayed on site at the front of the facility.
The Milton CAT Caterpillar equipment dealership began in Concord and has grown to 13 locations in six states. The Londonderry location would be its third in the Granite State.
Farrin said the other New Hampshire locations are “tired,” but the new designs are attractive and would serve Londonderry well.
With big equipment planned on site, there would have to be many measures in place to ensure safety. That included making sure fluids don’t spill from stored equipment that is on site waiting for repair.
Farrin said along with the larger, more familiar machines, the facility would also display smaller models.
“It’s all new equipment up front, and we try to move it as fast as possible,” he said.
Farrin said there could be up to a dozen machines on display at any given time.
“We want customers to be able to look at them and walk around,” he said.
Planning Board Chairman Art Rugg said the big yellow machines are what most people think of when they think of the CAT company and would be highly visible from the front display site.
“That really is the gateway to your business right there,” he said.
Milton CAT showed the town preliminary plans in January. The plan has come before the town’s Heritage Commission and Conservation Commission.
Farrin said he hoped to have a conditional approval in hand by next month.
“We want to have the building up and running as soon as possible,” he said. “And we’re going to answer your questions and keep things moving.”