Council OKs offices on W. Wrentham

Council OKs offices on W. Wrentham

CUMBERLAND – Town Council members gave the go-ahead last week for an office building with one apartment at the site where a succession of restaurants have failed at 48 West Wrentham Road.

Approval changed the zone from residential to commercial, but the developer, Nicholas Pacheco of Cumberland, agreed to pursue only a limited number of uses on the 2.7 acres. A future Town Council could expand that list, it was noted.

Pacheco told councilors he plans 12 office spaces to be used by his own company, Independent Benefit Services, generally operating on a 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekday schedule.
A real estate broker, lawyer, and debt collection service have also indicated an interest in renting there, he said.

Final approval came after councilors received requested information about the sewer system and pond.

Pacheco reported last week that the land passed an environmental test and the well has no bacteria issues. The cesspool must be replaced with a state-approved septic system, as expected.

Pacheco asked that allowed commercial uses at the site include medical-dental services, financial, insurance and real estate services, limited business services such as an advertising agency or credit reporting firm, professional services such as accounting and legal, a bed and breakfast limited to 10 rooms or less, a daycare and a not-for-profit community use.

Councilor Scott Schmitt was the only “no” vote after expressing concern about creating a commercial site within a residential neighborhood.