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Applicant:         Eric Mager
            55 Sharp Street
            Hingham, MA  02043

Premises:        3 Pond Park
            Hingham, MA 02043

Deed Reference:    Plymouth County Registry of Deeds, Book 3608, Page 314

Date:            October 21, 2013

Summary of Proceedings
This matter came before the Planning Board on the application of Eric Mager, 55 Sharp Street, Hingham, MA  for a Special Permit A2 under §III-A and §III-B, 5., with Site Plan Review to be done by the Planning Board under §I-G and §I-I along with a Special Permit A3 parking determination under §V-A of the Zoning By-Law and such other relief as necessary to allow for the location of a Health Club through a 10,000 s.f. interior tenant build out of an existing industrial building at 3 Pond Park Road, located in the Industrial Park District and South Hingham Overlay District.

The Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals heard the application jointly at a duly advertised and noticed hearing on October 21, 2013 at 7:00 PM in the Hingham Town Hall at 210 Central Street.  Members of the Planning Board present were: William Ramsey, Chairman; Gary Tondorf-Dick, Clerk; Sarah Corey and Judy Sneath.  The Board of Appeals panel consisted of its members: Joseph Freeman, Chairman; Joseph Fisher and Alternate member Alan Kearney.

John Chessia, Chessia Consulting Services, LLC represented the Board.

Peter Vanderweil represented the Petitioner.

Eric Magee (Petitioner) is seeking to operate a CrossFit training facility in a 10,000 s.f. portion of the existing building at 3 Pond Park Road.  The proposed use will not alter the footprint of the building.  The parking layout plan indicates 61 general parking spaces could be provided versus the calculated 36 that are the required by the by-law.  The Petitioner is to have all spaces striped. 

Discussion and Findings
Mr. Vanderweil explained to the Boards the daily operation of the proposed business.  CrossFit is a class-based gym that will conduct 6-8 classes per day with 1-8 clients for the smaller classes and 8-12 clients for the larger classes.  Classes will be held Monday thru Saturday.  All renovations will be interior which will create exercise stations and the landlord will be upgrading the bathrooms.  The Petitioner said there will be one non-lit sign over the entrance of the gym.

Mr. Chessia gave the Boards a summary of his report dated October 16, 2013.  He informed the Boards that the spaces adjacent to the loading area of the property should have signage indicating “Employee Parking Only.”  Mr. Chessia also proposed having the Petitioner restripe the parking lot to comply with the proposed plan.  It was noted that this type of fitness facility does not generate a high parking demand as other gym facilities that clients come to work-out at their convenience, which produces a higher need of parking spaces before and after work hours.

This application is in harmony with the objectives of §III-E of the Zoning By-Law, which seeks to encourage development which will maintain the economic viability of businesses within the South Hingham Industrial Park Overlay District.

No abutters made comments either before or during the hearing.

Site Plan Approval
The Planning Board voted to WAIVE the requirement for Site Plan Review in association with the application of a Special Permit A2 for the interior work proposed at 3 Pond Park Road. This requirement was waived in accordance with §I-I (5) of the Zoning By-Law, which exempts work limited to interior renovations with no impact on the surrounding site.

Special Permit A3
The Planning Board voted, unanimously, to GRANT a Special Permit A3 relative to the operation of a “CrossFit” gym as shown on plans entitled, “Site Plan Exiting Conditions Sheet, Site Plan Proposed Layout Detail Sheet and Site Plan Parking Layout Sheet for #3 Pond Park Road in Hingham, Massachusetts,” dated September 24, 2013 and prepared by Outback Engineering, Inc. with the following conditions: 

1.    The parking lot is restriped to comply with the proposed plan.
2.    Pending Board of Health Approval.
3.    Signage for “Employee Parking Only” is installed for spaces adjacent to loading area.

This Decision shall not become effective until (i) the Town Clerk has certified on a copy of this decision that twenty (20) days have elapsed after the decision has been filed in the office of the Town Clerk and no appeal has been filed or that if such an appeal has been filed, that it has been dismissed or denied, and that (ii): a copy thereof has been duly recorded in the Plymouth County Registry of Deeds and indexed in the grantor index under the name of the owner of record.

For the Planning Board,

William Ramsey, Chairman        Date               
Hingham Planning Board


EXECUTED this _____ day of November, 2013

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Plymouth, ss                            November____, 2013

Then personally appeared William Ramsey, Chairman of the Hingham Planning Board, and acknowledged the foregoing to be the free act and deed of said Board.

_________________________        My Commission Expires:  July 22, 2016
Karen M. Clancy, Notary Public