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Plan Proposed for Old Claremont Armory

Claremont — Site plans for a renovation of the former armory on Winter Street and the construction of a new Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant on Charlestown Road have been filed with Claremont’s planning office.

The plans were received Friday and will be presented to the Planning Board at its Nov. 25 meeting.

True Tool Innovations, a manufacturer of precision cutting tools for a variety of industries including aerospace, medical, energy and dental is proposing to renovate the interior of the former National Guard Armory for light industrial manufacturing. The company received a variance from the Zoning Board of Adjustment last Monday because the armory is located in a residential zone.

In its application, True Tool said it would modify the building to be in compliance with fire codes and the American With Disabilities Act. New flooring, lights, ceiling, telecommunications wiring and additional power and roof repairs are also being proposed. The interior floor plan includes areas for production, packaging, offices, and a machine shop.

The Croydon company, owned by Brian and Christian McKahan, submitted a bid to the city to buy the building for $150,000. At its September meeting, the City Council authorized the administration to negotiate a purchase and sales agreement with True Tool. The company anticipates bringing seven or eight full time jobs to the city.

City Manager Guy Santagate said Sunday the city is currently negotiating the sale, which must be approved by the council.

“We are working through that,” he said. “We are not there yet but we are close to finalizing it and I don’t see any major problems. It will be good to get the building back on the tax rolls and bring jobs to the city.”

Ownership of the building and surrounding five acres reverted to the city several years ago after the National Guard left.

In the spring of 2012, the city tried to interest the county’s other communities in creating a countywide dispatch center in the building to handle police, fire and ambulance calls, but that idea failed to gain widespread support among county towns.

The proposed 2,552 square foot Dunkin’ Donuts is on a one-acre vacant parcel on Route 12 between the One Credit Union and the VFW post. It would have seating for 60 and include a drive-thru with parking for 31.

Pathways Consulting of Lebanon will present the plans on behalf of the applicant, Constantine Scrivanos of North Reading, Mass.

Scrivanos said in a phone interview on Friday he has a purchase and sales agreement on the property, and if the plans were approved, he would close the Dunkin’ Donuts now located inside the T-Bird MiniMart two-tenths of a mile south of the new location.

Scrivanos also owns the Dunkin’ Donuts on Washington Street in Claremont.

Patrick O’Grady can be reached at ogrady56@yahoo.com.