One of Derry’s hottest pizzerias, Sal’s Pizza, is currently in the middle of getting some major renovations, but has unfortunately come across a snag, as was discussed during the Planning Board’s latest meeting on Jan. 3.
On July 6 of last year, the board had granted the owner, Salvatore Lupoli, conditional approval for a site plan that would demolish the current building on the corner of Lenox Road and Crystal Avenue. In its place would be an updated model currently being adopted by other Sal’s Pizza locations. Updates feature a larger kitchen and seating area on the inside, as well as brick walls and larger windows on the outside.
These latest updates help to provide each location with the necessary fix-ups and renovations that they may need, especially considering the age of Derry’s location. The more modern versions of the popular pizzeria have recent been established in Manchester and Billerica.
Established back 1990, Sal’s Pizza has already established twenty six locations across the country, including fourteen in Massachusetts, ten in New Hampshire, one in Arizona and one in California.
However, Phil McCabe, a representative for Sal’s Pizza, came before the board on January 3 requesting their third extension on the site plan. According to McCabe, the extension is required due to some major construction work recently performed in preparation for the new building. Construction crews needed to excavate a sort of test pit on the side of Crystal Avenue to both determine the depth of a local conduit encased in concrete and the potential for drainage based on the elevation of the parcel.
But considering both the time of year and the rather poor weather Derry has been experiencing, no more permits for this sort of construction are being granted, meaning that getting the full results from the test pit are impossible until the spring.
None the less, McCabe was still very excited to continue the business relationship with Derry and expects that they will be able to break ground by the spring, as long as everything else goes according to plan.
“We’re very excited about bringing a new building to [Derry]”, McCabe noted.
The board had no problems with granting an extension, noting that they were also quite excited for the changes and the additional business it could bring to Derry. This latest extension will last until June 6 of this year.