EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

October 12, 2012

Hampstead ZBA OKs store, limoncello business

By Dustin Luca dluca@eagletribune.com
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — HAMPSTEAD — The Zoning Board of Adjustment has paved the way for a limoncello business and a convenience store and gas station on Stage Road.

Both businesses recently received approval from the board, but now must go before the Planning Board. The limocello operation would be at 285 Stage Road while the store and gas station would be at 235 Stage Road

Limoncello, a lemon liqueur mainly produced in southern Italy, would be made and bottled by Salem resident Nicola Todesca.

The limoncello would not be sold directly to the public or from the Stage Road business, Zoning Board Chairman Kristin Yasenka said. Instead, it would be sold at state liquor stores.

Richard Towne, who was seeking a special exception from town zoning, presented the plan to the board at its meeting last week.

During his presentation, Towne told the board making the limoncello “wouldn’t produce more fumes and wastewater than a pizza shop,” Yasenka said.

The business also would not generate a lot of traffic, she said.

“There might be one truck picking up one pallet or delivering one pallet once a week depending on their sales,” Yasenka said.

“This is the first request of this kind for Hampstead,” Yasenka said. “The board felt it met the requirements of a special exception and granted the special exception.”

The board also approved a variance to allow the convenience store and gas station at the Route 121 intersection.

The business would be 4,000 square feet and have six gasoline pumps. The store may also feature a restaurant, but no drive-through is planned, Yasenka said.

The variance was needed because the building would be close to the road. The proposal calls for the store to be 35 feet from the road while town zoning requires a setback of 100 feet or more.