A new design for a proposed Dillons store on south Massachusetts Street soon will get its day at Lawrence City Hall.
City commissioners at their July 26 meeting are scheduled to consider new renderings for a 43,000-square-foot Dillons that will replace the aging grocery located on the site.
The new design has added windows and a beige color scheme to the southwest corner of the building. Previously, city commissioners had commented that earlier designs didn’t include enough architectural details to fit Lawrence’s expectations for commercial property. The height of a screening wall that is part of the store’s pharmacy drive-thru lane also was increased slightly in the new design.
The new set of renderings gives the most detailed view yet of how the store will alter the streetscape of Massachusetts between 17th and 19th streets. Previously, the City Commission approved variances that allow the store to be built closer to both Massachusetts and New Hampshire streets.
“That stretch of street will be much more a part of the downtown fabric,” said Scott McCullough, the city’s planning director. “It will replace some saw-tooth, angled parking with a wide sidewalk, awnings, a seating area. It is going to be a completely different feel on that stretch of Massachusetts Street.”
If commissioners approve the site plan next week, the project will be cleared to receive a building permit from the city. Previously, Dillons officials have said it will take nine to 12 months to build the new store.