As Martha’s Vineyard business community begins to rebound, including the multi-million dollar wedding industry, Big Sky Tents plans to expand and consolidate its storage facilities in the Martha’s Vineyard business park. the airport.
On Thursday evening, the Martha’s Vineyard Commission closed a public hearing on the plan, which would expand a 7,500 square foot industrial building at 26 East Line Road to 16,000 square feet. The project is primarily a consolidation, according to Big Sky owner Jim Eddy, who also leases property at 15 East Line Road and 10 East Line Road, has temporary storage units at 90 Dr. Fisher Road.
“We just moved to a new location,” Mr. Eddy said.
In a statement to the commission that accompanied the application, Mr Eddy said his company is the largest supplier of tents and party rental equipment on the island and “plays a critical supporting role. . . the Island events industry.
The company employs 30-35 full-time, part-time and seasonal staff, housing some of them and providing rental services for charity events, municipal functions, graduations and other community functions, the statement also says.
With the wedding industry virtually at a standstill for the past two years, Big Sky has been providing tents for outdoor dining, town meetings and other functions, Mr Eddy said.
The only real discussion between the commissioners was whether to speed up a vote on the project by cutting short their usual processes.
Commissioners Brian Smith and Trip Barnes defended exactly that, noting that the project will also be subject to review by the airport commission.
“It’s obvious, an industrial building in an industrial park. We should speed that up so he can continue his business,” Mr Smith said.
“I am okay.” said Mr. Barnes. “After a few bad years, maybe he can get his business back.”
Mr. Smith moved to go straight to the vote and written decision, but the motion failed 11-4. The commissioners assured Mr Eddy that they would proceed with the post-public hearing review as soon as possible, with a vote tentatively set for April 4 or April 14.
Also on Thursday, commissioners voted to require a public hearing into a proposed new retail cannabis outlet near State Road in Vineyard Haven.
Candidate Noah Eisendrath wants to open Main Street Medicinals at 65 Mechanic Street. Traffic and sewage were among the problems reported for the project. The Tisbury Planning Board has requested a review by the commission, which has greater latitude in adopting conditions than local councils.
The store would be the third marijuana retail outlet on the Vineyard, joining Fine Fettle, which operates on State Road in West Tisbury, and Island Time, which is located down the street from the proposed Main location. Street Medicinals.
On Thursday, commissioners also warmly congratulated Michael Kim, the governor-appointed member of the MVC, who will lose his seat if pending legislation on Beacon Hill is passed. State Rep. Dylan Fernandes introduced the bill to add a member of the Wampanoag Tribe as a voting member of the commission, in place of the governor-appointed member.
Owner of Oak Bluffs, Mr. Kim was an active participant in the commission.
The written decision was also approved for the Island Grown Initiative’s Agricultural Center Draft Master Plan, previously reviewed and approved as a Regional Impact Development (DRI).