Target Wins P&Z Approval in Guilford

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GUILFORD – The Planning and Zoning Commission has unanimously approved Target’s application to fill the empty retail space at Shoreline Plaza Shopping Center. 

The nearly 79,000-square-foot building at 830 Boston Post Road previously housed a Walmart. 

Dean Apostoleris, of Kimberly Horne and Associates, the firm representing Target Corporation, said during the commission’s Wednesday meeting that most of the improvements to the shopping center’s exterior will be limited to pedestrian and vehicular safety and facade remodeling.

“Most of our improvements along the front of the store include traffic calming measures,” he said.

The glass entryway that currently exists would be removed and the facade flattened to one level, and large red bollards installed along the front of the store, Apostoleris said. Improvements also include re-striping the crosswalk area, adding a speed hump and new pedestrian signage. 

On the western side of the building, he said, there will be 12 stalls for shoppers to drive up to pick up previously ordered items. 

Aaron Hemquist, a representative for Target, said they are considering adding charging stations for electric and hybrid vehicles if there’s enough power available. Another Target representative, Joseph Mayhew, said the store would include a CVS Pharmacy. 

Business hours for the Target haven’t been confirmed yet, Hemquist said, but traditionally the hours are from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The application notes that inland wetlands are located on the north side of Boston Post Road, and that stormwater from Target would discharge into it, behind the south side of the shopping plaza.

“None of the proposed work is located within the Inland Wetlands regulated review area,” the application states. “If any work is to occur within the Inland Wetlands regulated review area, an Inland Wetlands permit would be required.”

The application states that the proposed plans are in compliance with Sedimentation and Erosion Control Procedures. But as a condition of approval, Guilford’s zoning enforcement officer must inspect the sedimentation and erosion control measures prior to any site work, soil stockpiles should be contained by silt fencing and or hay bales, and soil erosion and sedimentation control measures shall be maintained until vegetation is established or suitable material is installed to the satisfaction of the zoning enforcement.

The project start date has yet to be determined, Hemquist said, and the building is currently in the design process.