A group of Shrewsbury residents were opposed to the Atlanta,GA-based company building the facility in their town, butreportedly Home Depot insists that the change of venue has nothingto do with the local opposition. Home Depot Spokesperson John E.Smiley did not return calls by presstime, but he is quoted assaying that the decision was made because of the Sutton site'sproximity to major highways. The Sutton site is in the South SuttonCommerce Park near Route 146.

In Shrewsbury, residents objected to the noise and traffic theythought the project would bring and did not want a truck facilityin their town. Nevertheless, the Shrewsbury Conservation Commissionand Planning Board had approved the plan. Shrewsbury residents arereportedly now hoping to rezone the property for office or researchand development use.

In Sutton, the proposal also faces opposition from localresidents who are also concerned about the potential noise andtraffic. Plans for the facility include a 115,000-sf building withroom for a 34,000-sf expansion. The plan also calls for 299tractor-trailer spaces and 153 dock doors.

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