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Amazon Wants 630 Parking Spaces at Quarry Square

Amazon.com wants to increase the number of parking spaces for its ubiquitous white delivery vans and their drivers' vehicles that it is allowed to park at the Quarry Square shopping center on East Main St. (Rt. 16) from the current 166 to 630 – a 279.5 percent increase. Planning Board members – who voiced their concerns – continued their discussion on the request until their October 16 meeting.

The additional parking is needed by Amazon to prepare for the coming holiday shopping season, civil engineer Dan Hazen of Guerriere & Halnon, Inc. – representing plaza owners Quarry Square Realty Trust – said. On October 2, he showed Planning Board members a large site map of the plaza with colored sections to mark where

the vans currently are allowed to park and where Amazon would like to park them. "The rush [to gain Planning Board approval] was to get the spaces allowed for Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc.," Hazen said.

Amazon has a distribution facility located on Industrial Rd. On July 17, the Planning Board approved Quarry Square Realty Trust's amended site plan, allowing 166 parking spaces in a specific area of the shopping plaza to be used for 75 Amazon delivery vans and their drivers' vehicles.

Town Planner Larry Dunkin – describing Quarry Square Realty Trust's new request as "the expanded use of a transportation terminal" – said the company's application failed to list the various uses within the shopping plaza and the number of parking spaces each requires. Further, the areas shown where the additional Amazon-related vehicles would go need paving or to be repaved and striped, he said.

The former Stop & Shop, Home Goods and TJ Maxx stores required 667 parking spaces, Hazen said, noting the existing and requested parking for Amazon is less than that.

Chairman Joseph Calagione said one of the requested areas for the Amazon-related parking is frequently used by customers of Gold's Gym, and he suggested moving

that section of parking to a less-used parking area. Dunkin said another area would have the vans parking near the main travel path to the plaza's exit out to Fortune Blvd. "Don't have anything that backs out to that main aisle," he recommended.

"It seems to me that they are everywhere in those parking spaces. They are all over the place," board member Lena McCarthy said. "I can't believe how many spaces they're taking, more than allowed."

"They comply with the parking plan the way they drive off the Amazon site [on Industrial R.]," Dunkin said sarcastically. Neighboring businesses near that facility have complained about Amazon's vans blocking Industrial Rd. and Commercial Way. Board member Patrick Kennelly woks at one of those businesses and he voted against the July approval.

"They do whatever they want. Don't you people get that?" Kennelly said this month. "It's the wild, wild west." Continuing, he said, "If you give them an inch, they take

six feet" and "They're like cattle, they just roam" and "I can't believe what they do on Industrial Rd."




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