Whately Planning Board to hear Bayer expansion plans

WHATELY — Thermoplastic film company Bayer MaterialScience is moving forward on expansion plans for its Whately factory.

On Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Whately Town Hall, the Planning Board will hold a public hearing on Bayer’s proposal for its 8 Fairview Way facility. The addition would be approximately 94,485 square feet — to accommodate additional employees and production lines.

The company’s expansion plans have been somewhat controversial. Earlier this year, Bayer went before the Deerfield Selectmen to ask to hook up to the town sewer. The request was part of the planned expansion that the company previously said will bring 18 to 20 new jobs and $1 million in salaries to the area.

After much discussion, the selectmen agreed in February to allow Bayer to use the system, as long as it pays a fee and agrees to an amount of allowed sewer capacity the company can use.

However, up to this point, negotiations on the sewer hookup have not moved forward. According to Deerfield Selectman Mark Gilmore, Bayer has not yet come back to the town to talk about an agreement.

Bayer also sought permission to cross a road, and an acre of grass and brush owned by the Deerfield Economic Development Industrial Corp., which leads out to Route 116. The company has not approached the industrial board on that request yet, either.

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