Yankee Candle to build shed in Whately parking lot

  • Yankee Candle’s manufacturing center on Christian Lane in Whately. The company plans to build a storage shed in the parking lot. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 7/31/2019 5:47:11 PM
Modified: 7/31/2019 5:47:01 PM

WHATELY — There will be no more public discussion of Yankee Candle’s plans to build a storage shed in the parking lot of its Christian Lane manufacturing plant, after the Whately Conservation Commission determined it will have no adverse impact on wetlands.

Commission Chairman Scott Jackson said the candle-making titan plans to construct the shed in the southeastern corner of the Whately facility’s parking lot, near loading docks.

Jackson explained Yankee Candle, owned by parent company Newell Brands, does not require a permit and does not need to file a notice of intent for the work because though the proposed shed will be within 100 feet of wetlands, it will not negatively affect it. The commission approved the project last week.

Jackson did not have the shed’s expected dimensions Tuesday, but said “it seems like a fairly modest-sized building.” He also said the plan includes the installation of an 18,000-gallon underground water tank for fire suppression, as well as erosion control during construction.

Yankee Candle will stockpile materials away from wetlands to decrease the likelihood of contamination, Jackson said.

“This is not a tough one for us,” he said of the commission’s blessing for the project.

The facility’s production level is expected to increase in the coming months, as Chesapeake Bay Candle’s operations are set to move from Maryland to Whately throughout September and October. Chesapeake Bay Candle is also owned by Newell Brands.

Reach Domenic Poli at: dpoli@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.




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