Couple clears first hurdle to bring stuffed banana business to Greenfield

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Staff Writer
Published: 12/21/2018 11:50:01 AM

GREENFIELD — It may sound bananas, but a stuffed frozen bananas company may be coming to Wells Street.

The overgrown and recessed 46 Wells St. building may be put to good use by David Nunez and Diane Bouley, who already run their startup business, Stuffit Bananas, in Hatfield.

But first, to bring it to Greenfield, they will need a special permit for the central commercial zoned building to “allow the production and storage of gourmet frozen stuffed bananas at this location.”

Five years ago, the business began doing fairs out of a small tent — serving fudge, strawberry or peanut butter-filled, chocolate-dipped bananas. Soon, they grew to offer the product in local Big Y supermarkets and on the campus of University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Now, they’re looking for a larger place to be the center of their budding business, so came before the Greenfield Planning Board this week, where they ultimately received a positive recommendation for a special permit. Next, they will have to go before the Zoning Board of Appeals.

“Right now we need to move to the next step, and this is the perfect building for that,” Nunez said.

Bouley is a Greenfield resident living on Silver Street. She said she hopes they can move into the building.

The positive recommendation came with a set of conditions though, including Nunez acknowledging he will need to put in a sewer-water connection. They were also asked to landscape the area, and provide further details on their dumpster plans. There was talk about composting with a local company or farm.

The biggest challenge with the space the Planning Board brought up was the loading dock. The question was how trucks will back up into it on a somewhat residential, somewhat commercial street, which is across from the Mill House Apartments and the parking lot for Patriot Care and the Green Fields Market.

The couple will need to obtain several other permits to be certified to do the work they want to do in Greenfield.

You can reach Joshua Solomon at:

jsolomon@recorder.com or

413-772-0261, ext. 264


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