Walter’s Propane proposes relocation

DEERFIELD — Walter’s Propane of Sunderland has submitted a proposal to relocate one of its facilities to Deerfield off Greenfield Road.

The Planning Board, Zoning Board and Conservation Commission are holding a joint meeting on the application on Monday at 7 p.m. in Deerfield Town Hall. The meeting is a continuation from Aug. 5.

Walter’s Propane is a 68-year family-owned business that installs tanks and delivers propane to homes. The company was founded in 1945 by Walter T. Strycharz. Richard Strycharz, son of Walter, runs the business now.

The company currently has a facility at 236 Greenfield Road in Deerfield, but it wants to relocate within Deerfield, where it has a license to operate.

The proposed site has no formal street address. The property is located on Greenfield Road. Access is gained by crossing a bridge over Bloody Brook.

The site would be used for storage of empty propane tanks and trucks that deliver the propane. The trucks would be filled at an off-site distribution facility.

The three town boards are doing a site plan review.

The town Conservation Commission is reviewing the propane dealer’s plans to see if they impact wetlands. Part of the Bloody Brook runs by the property. The Zoning Board is reviewing the request because Strycharz would need a special permit to run a commercial operation in a residential zone. And the Planning Board is reviewing traffic issues, which it is required to do when a business impacts 600 square feet.

You can reach Kathleen McKiernan at:
or 413-772-0261 ext. 268.

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