Foley Oil planning to move office from Laconia to Belmont

BELMONT — Foley Oil Company is planning to relocate the front office portion of its company to Old State Road in Belmont.

Company President Jeff Pierson has submitted an application for a site plan approval to the Belmont Planning Board for a 60-foot by 36-foot addition to their existing garage.

"This building will house all vehicles and office space for our company," wrote Pierson in his Planning Board application. "The only additional use of the property will be that our administrative officer will be moved here, making it a primary workplace for four additional employees.

He said there may be the occasional customer who will come to Old Stage Road to pay a bill.

Last month, Foley Oil closed its longtime service station that is on the "V" corner of Route 106 and Garfield Street in Laconia.

At the time, Pierson said he had thought of opening a small convenience store on the location, like the two others the company operates in Bristol and Enfield, but said the spot was just too small.

He also said that the tanks would need to be upgraded in 2015 to meet new federal standards and the size and volume of the full-serve station couldn't financially justify the additional investment.

Since its closure, Pierson had had the underground tanks removed and has put a fresh coat of paint on the building. He said he has been working with Laconia City Planner Shanna Saunders to see what options he has for the old gas station.

Pierson's addition in Belmont will also house a garage big enough for three oil tankers, as well as the office. All of Foley's bulk oil storage is already housed at the Belmont site.

The application obtained from the Belmont Planning Board indicates that all of the department heads have reviewed and signed-off on the planned proposal. The Highway Department superintendent noted that the culvert at the driveway entrance should be replaced and Pierson said yesterday it is part of the project.

Pierson said he expects to begin construction on the new addition in the spring.

He said his business goal was to bring everybody into the same place and that it will be more efficient for his delivery drivers to have their home base in the same location as the bulk storage and the office.

As for the current office on South Main Street in Laconia, Pierson said the company will be staying there through out the winter. Built on the site of the former Charlie's Diner, Pierson said the company purchased the property and built the office building in 2002.

Pierson said plans for the existing office space are not finalized.