PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — The Portsmouth Zoning Board will once again hold a hearing Thursday on a special use permit, which, if approved, would result in the construction of a new 7,250 sq.-ft. auto parts store in Portsmouth.
The hearing was previously postponed twice after its first hearing on April 20.
The agenda item for Thursday’s meeting reads as follows:
(C) A petition by Portsmouth RI Commercial, LLC (owner), 3228 East Main Road (29-32) for a special use permit (Art V, Sec E.14, Art VII, Sec. G) to allow a new 7,250 sq ft retail business development. The proposed development is a modification to a previously approved plan (March 19, 2015) with a 6,000 sq ft retail building.
The proposed structure will house a new O’Reilly Auto Parts store.
Starting from a single store in 1957, O’Reilly Auto Parts now occupies 4,829 locations throughout the United States. The closest store to Portsmouth is located in Fall River, Mass.
The special use permit would be a modification to a previous permit, which resulted in building the heavily contested Dollar General store.
The request approved in March 2015 to build the Dollar General store came under heavy local opposition, which included the circulation of a petition throughout town.
The Zoning Board meeting will be held Thursday, June 15, at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 2200 East Main Road. The meeting is open to the public.