MILLBURY, Mass. — The proposed expansion for A&D Pizza was continued on Monday evening by the Millbury Planning Board due to potential blasting issues.
The Elm Street restaurant, a fixture on the Millbury dining scene, wants to expand its existing 4,000 square foot facility. The plans call for 2,032 square foot addition in the rear of the building, utilizing land purchased from the Millbury Federated Church.
The restaurant hopes to accept larger groups, functions and parties in the facility, and also be able to host functions or parties, engineer Norman Hill said. A&D, as it is now configured, has 118 seats, including outdoor seating which is used for three seasons.
The expansion will add 45 more seats to the restaurant, as well as allow the owners to bring in bigger refrigerators to store more food, cut down on deliveries, and will allow the owners to buy food more in bulk to increase their profit margin.
Planning Board Chairman Richard Gosselin was concerned about possible blasting in the center of town, which would be required to take down the hill on the newly purchased land.
“Several of those older homes may have stone foundations which blasting could damage,” he said. Gosselin suggested that the company look into a liquid alternative to explosives that would crack the stone ledge.
A stone retaining wall would also need to be added to the property, he added.
The board elected to continue the hearing until Feb. 11 to get input from Fire Chief David Rudge.