HAMPSTEAD — After nearly 15 years of planning and legal challenges, the Depot Crossing development is running smoothly — and it could be growing.
The site on the corner of Route 121 and Hampstead Road houses a Dunkin' Donuts, a convenience store and gas station.
It's set to house another business.
The registered agent of Depot Development LLC, Richard Towne is set to talk about the vacant space at a Planning Board meeting Monday.
The site became open for business in February, Planning Board member Neil Emerson said.
"It seems to be running smoothly," he said Friday.
There isn't a gas station nearby, he said, and considering the property is in the commercial zone, it's about time the town saw some property tax revenue.
"I think its going to be a good asset for the area," he said.
Some neighbors think otherwise.
"It's built, it's there," said Carlos Paz, who lives next near the intersection. "There's nothing we can do about it."
Paz and others did try and do something about it by filing a lawsuit.
A similar project was denied by the Planning Board in 2002.
Then, in 2013, the Planning Board approved the Depot Crossing development.
Paz, his wife, and nine other residents thought Depot Road was just too similar to the proposal in 2002.
They soon filed a civil lawsuit in Rockingham Superior Court against the Planning Board.
The abutters argued because the Planning Board denied the 2002 proposal, they should have denied Depot Crossing because the two were so alike.
The court rejected the case, but the abutters appealed to the state Supreme Court last year.
Deport Crossing representatives said the 2002 plan and the current site are different, according to the court order.
The current building has 4,837 square feet, while the old plan called for 6,000 square feet.
In addition, there are now fewer parking spaces and the exterior was made to look like a train depot.
In May, the N.H. Supreme Court sided with Depot Crossing and Rockingham Superior Court.
Paz is considering moving, he said, in part because the development changed the neighborhood.
"It changed the feel of the residential nature of neighborhood," he said.