Ellsworth Building Supplies on Route 3 is looking to tear down and rebuild one of its warehouses to more than double its size.

Alina Watt of Hedefine Engineering and Design presented an application to the Belfast Planning Board at its Feb. 12 meeting on behalf of EBS. Watt explained the project would consist of removing the existing 6,700 square-foot warehouse, known as building 2, and replacing it with a 15,500-square-foot drive-thru warehouse.

The purpose for the increased storage is to bring as much of the lot's exterior storage inside the new warehouse as possible, said Watt.

"The good thing is it gets everything under cover so our shrink [damaged/stolen goods] goes down," Bob Jancewicz of EBS said.

Members of the board questioned how traffic would flow between the buildings after construction was complete. The passage between buildings 1 and 2 will be closed off, but customers can still access building 1 or the "pine shed" by driving through an overhead door at the rear of Building 2.

Watt said that the project would improve stormwater drainage on the site and would reroute delivery truck traffic around the buildings and away from customer traffic.

The board approved the preliminary plan presented by EBS unanimously. City Planner Wayne Marshall said the board will review findings of fact and consider approving the application at its Feb. 19 meeting.

No members of the public spoke in favor or opposition to the application during a public hearing held Feb. 12.