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December 6, 2012

Plaistow puts brakes on Panera plan


Until the matter is settled, the Plaistow Planning Board will not get involved in discussions between Haverhill and Panera.

“We aren’t about to get into a fight with the city of Haverhill and Panera,” Ranlett said. “All we ask is wherever they decide to get water and sewage to just let us know.”

Ranlett said the board would accept a letter from the city of Haverhill, saying it would provide the water — or listen to plans from Northstar for a new water system.

Stateline Plaza already receives water and sewer service from Haverhill, but the site plan does not specifically say Haverhill will supply those services to Panera. Plaistow does not have public water or sewer services.

“There’s a long history with the site,” Planning Board member Timothy Moore said. “We had previously stipulated there could never be a restaurant where the old CVS stood because of increased water and sewer.”

CVS moved from the plaza in 2006. T-Mobile is now located on the site. A gas station was previously located on the site.

“The question is, does the requirement for Panera for water and waste increase over what was connected to it previously?” Ranlett said. “We need to know that, when it is combined with the other properties that are on the site, if it would exceed the capacity.”

If Haverhill and Northstar do not come to an agreement, the Planning Board said it was likely the situation would be settled in court.

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