Planning Board to review several items Monday


FARMINGTON — Planning Board members will consider a request from Walmart to make improvements and change the facade of the building at a meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the town office.

The plan includes exterior and interior renovations, including changing paint colors, repairing or replacing canopies, doors and damaged masonry, and replacing damaged concrete pavement and sidewalks. When the store expanded to a superstore a few years ago, there were numerous concerns about the exterior design not looking like a “big box” store, said Jane Ford, code enforcement assistant.

The planned renovations are scheduled for July.

The board may decide to hold a public hearing at its next meeting, Ford said.

In other business, the board will consider the renovation of 15,000 square feet of the vacant Franklin Shoe building to temporarily house the Foster Technology Center for two years during the renovation and addition at Mt. Blue High School.

John Moore, owner of Narrow Gauge Cinema, has submitted an application for soil erosion and storm water management to extend parking on the west side of the theater. Moore is seeking approval to extend the slope 75 feet and add 25 cubic yards of fill to level the area for the extra parking because the cinema is within the flood plain of Sandy River,.

The tax firm, H & R Block, which recently moved its office from Wilton to Farmington, will come before the board for an after-the-fact approval of its change-of-use of the 118 Knowlton Corner Road property and its relocation to Farmington.

The office was previously at Route 2 and Bryant Road in Wilton.

Busy with tax preparations, the company began working from the new site without letting the town know, she said.

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