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January 16, 2013

Whittier Motel back before Zoning Board

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The board ruled that four efficiency kitchens can remain, LeBlanc said.

LeBlanc is proposing to build a new two-story building with 10 additional rooms. The motel’s pool will be removed to make room for the new building. The Planning Board unanimously approved the plan last month.

A building permit must be approved before construction can begin, Sperber has previously said.

The Planning Board has determined the property can hold up to 37 rooms, LeBlanc said.

LeBlanc said his goal is to improve the property. Plans call for repaving the parking lot, landscaping and restoring the sign out front, he said.

He said nearly half the rooms were inhabitable when he bought the property in January 2011. He said he has installed new carpets, painted and installed new toilets, which does not require permits.

“It is a process,” he said. “It has been frustrating.”

He said he also plans to install new siding and roofing to the existing building, which the new building will match.

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