“It began with a man named Ted Pelkey, a 54-year-old mechanic who on a frigid morning this week stood in his driveway off Route 128 — not far from what has become known here simply as “the finger’’ — and explained how it came to be.
For the past decade, Pelkey said, he has been attempting to move his business, Ted’s Truck and Trailer Repair, from the town of Swanton, twentysome miles away, to the 11.4 acres on which his home sits in Westford.
The move would not only eliminate his daily 30-minute commute, he said, but save him thousands of dollars a year in rent. It would also require the construction of an 8,000-square-foot building on his property.
As Pelkey tells it, the town initially signed off on the project, but after a handful of neighbors appealed to the state’s environmental court, local officials withheld the permit necessary to begin building.” - Dugan Arnett @duganarnett
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