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Dealership Property
Town of Putnam aerial map. Solid black line is around now larger parcel border. Dotted line between newer parcel (left) and original parcel. Gray area is wetlands.

plan gets
a boost
Drier parcel added
to the mix
By Linda Lemmon
Town Crier Editor
EAST PUTNAM — With the purchase of an additional parcel, developers of a proposed Toyota dealership on 12 acres on Rt. 44 hope they have enough workable property to move forward.
The 12-acre property has a good deal of wetlands.
According to town records, last August a 1.1-acre parcel next to the original parcel was sold by Salvatore A. Colantino and Carolyn B. Colantino to Sean and Michael Putnam LLC, for $725,000.
Recently engineers dug several 9-to-10 foot soil test pits on the properties to formulate from there a workable plan for the property. The engineer is using the data to come up with a plan. General rules call for 1 inch of water, per storm, to filter into the ground. That’s where most of the runoff pollutants are. Then sand/silt filtration.
A proposed plan would go to Inland Wetlands, the Planning Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals. The town’s Land Use department would be assisting those boards.
A year ago, the 12-acre property was purchased by Sean and Michael Putnam, LLC for $1.335 million.
When the property was purchased, company officials said the company “intends to give all their customers as many local options as possible at the Toyota dealership now slated for 88 Providence Pike.”
The agent listed for Sean and Michael Putnam, LLC, of Norwell, Mass., is Robert McGee. Under various companies that group owns 17 dealerships including McGee Toyota in Dudley.
The parcel contains a small yellow house, a field adjacent to the house along Rt. 44 and a large undeveloped area directly behind the house and field. The open acreage in the back runs all the way behind the store buildings on the eastern end of the Putnam Parkade.
Directly across from the property are Tractor Supply and a liquor store. Retail stores, a pharmacy, fast food restaurants, banks, and more fill in Rt. 44 on both sides heading west toward I-395.

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