Approval expected for TwoFeathers in Deerfield

  • 707 Greenfield Road, Deerfield, MA

For the Bulletin
Thursday, August 24, 2017

DEERFIELD — A proposed custom RV restoration business on Routes 5 and 10 is likely to be approved by the Planning Board pending a few minor design changes.

TwoFeathers Restoration and Design LLC, which can work on vehicles inside 707 Greenfield Road per the building inspector, needs to change site plans before any work can be done outside. For the past several weeks, the business has been in operation inside but not outside.

“The main thing being the drainage. We want them to improve the drainage in front,” said Planning Board Chairman John Waite following the meeting Aug. 15. Previously, the Conservation Commission gave the proposed business’ plans its approval. But owner Michael Artherton was later asked to block up a drainage pipe and add dirt to sections of the one-acre parcel.

“We want a revised site plan. This whole drain plan has changed. It sounds like it’s a regular catch basin,” Waite said.

Drainage plans changed after review by the town building inspector because the property is next to wetlands. Currently, the pipe discharges there.

There are also a few other minor changes including parking logistics.

If approved, TwoFeathers’ focus will be on vintage camper restoration, repair, upgrades, and fabrication. Plans call for a parts counter, customer and display parking, and a repair shop housed in a 2,500 square-foot building on the property. The building is changing zoning from residential to commercial which is one reason why a Planning Board review was triggered.

Contingent on approval, the business must keep all work out of sight behind an eight foot fence, which hasn’t yet been installed. A septic system will also be installed, mulch put down behind the building, and a concrete pad out front modified.

Complaints raised

At the Aug. 15 meeting, a few neighbors voiced apprehension about the project. Recently, Artherton said he was given permission by the Conservation Commission to remove a few precarious trees before the Planning Board’s approval.

“I was here when the Conservation Commission said he could take down three trees. He completely obliterated that site the very next day,” said Christopher Garland, who owns Christopher and Co. Hair Design next door at 711 Greenfield Road. Garland also described trash strewn around a dumpster and vehicles stored outside, which isn’t allowed under the Planning Board’s conditions — they must be kept behind the fence at all times. The two properties share a driveway.

“We’ve only started this process and it’s already becoming an issue. He’s been told to do ‘a’ ‘b’ and ‘c,’ and he’s doing ‘x’ ‘y’ ‘z,’” Garland said.

“We saw something, that’s a fact. You had an excuse for it,” Waite said to the applicant. “Is that going to happen next week? We don’t want excuses, we don’t want trucks parked out front. We don’t want trash next to the dumpster.”

Waite later assured the Planning Board sufficiently addressed concerns and said things will be monitored for compliance. Before the next board meeting in September, members hope to sign off on TwoFeathers’ designs.