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Lisciotti requests records from Deerfield

  • Shaun P. Kelly with Vanasse & Associates Inc. in Andover speaks at a public hearing regarding a proposed Dollar General store on Routes 5 and 10 in Deerfield. The site plan was eventually denied by the town. STAFF FILE PHOTO

  • Liscotti Development South Deerfield had hoped to build a Dollar General on the corner of Mill Village Road and Routes 5 and 10, but the town denied its site plan. STAFF FILE PHOTO



Staff Writer
Thursday, January 10, 2019

DEERFIELD — The development firm denied a site plan for a Dollar General store at the north corner of Mill Village Road and Routes 5 and 10 has requested public records from the town.

Lisciotti Development’s South Deerfield DG, LLC sent a letter, dated Dec. 27, 2018, to the Deerfield Planning Board to request public records from April 19, 2018, through present day. This includes any communications between Deerfield officials and other government officials (including, but not limited to, the Franklin Regional Council of Governments) or the public regarding the proposed project, any communications between Deerfield and the third-party reviewer (Tighe & Bond) regarding the project, and any public records containing video or audio recordings of Planning Board meetings pertaining to the project.

The letter, signed by Chad D. Brubaker of Lisciotti Development, requests a response by Friday. Lisciotti is based in Leominster. Calls to Brubaker for comment were not returned. Deerfield Assistant Town Administrator Connor Robichaud told The Recorder that all requested records would be sent to Lisciotti by Friday.

On Dec. 10, the Planning Board voted to reject the proposed site plan. Henry “Kip” Komosa abstained from the vote, and was the only Planning Board member not to vote to deny the plan. The vote generated applause from many of the 50 people in attendance in the Deerfield Municipal Offices. The plan had been met with opposition by residents concerned about different aspects of the project, including traffic flow, pedestrian safety, environmental impact and the town’s aesthetic character.

South Deerfield DG, LLC, has been contracted by Dollar General to develop the land.

Komosa mentioned Wednesday that he thinks Lisciotti wants public records because it is likely trying to build a case. He said the firm is probably searching for “screw-ups” committed by the Planning Board.

“I guess the best way to put it is, when you’ve been around the doghouse a long time, you kind of recognize who the biters are and stuff like that,” he said as he was leaving Wednesday’s Selectboard meeting.