Martha’s Vineyard Commission Approves Edgartown Stop & Shop Expansion

Edgartown Lighthouse on Martha’s Vineyard.

EDGARTOWN – The Martha’s Vineyard Commission has given the go-ahead for an expansion of the Stop & Shop in Edgartown.

In an 11-1 vote last week, the Commission approved the proposal as a development of regional impact. The project now heads to the Edgartown Planning Board for review.

Commissioners asked Stop & Shop to upgrade the building’s exterior appearance and implement a noise-reducing wall to benefit abutters.

Some commissioners did express concern about the impact on traffic in the area. A study had estimated a 48 percent increase in summertime traffic in the late afternoon and early evening, but other commissioners doubted the accuracy of those numbers.

The company will also have to pay into the Dukes County Regional Housing Authority until they can build their own housing for workers. Stop & Shop will annual pay $50,000 to the authority and also agreed to a one-time $26,000 payment.

A date for the project going before the Edgartown Planning Board has not yet been set.

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