Vineyard Electronics will move across the street

Radio Shack is prepared to move across the road to a larger building. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

Vineyard Electronics, a Radio Shack dealer at 395 State Road, will relocate across the street to 426 State Road between Memorial Day and early June. Owners Linda and Don Sibley purchased the building formerly leased by the Vineyard Home Center from David Dutton Sr. on April 18.

Renovations at the building are already underway, Ms. Sibley told The Times in a recent phone call. Plans call for two retail spaces up front, including the Vineyard Electronics store, warehouse spaces in back, and two three-bedroom apartments upstairs. Those will be rented at affordable rates, as defined by the Dukes Country Regional Housing Authority.

Since construction will take a while, Ms. Sibley said there are no tenants lined up yet for the additional retail and warehouse spaces.

The renovation project already encountered one unexpected surprise, Ms. Sibley said. The need for a new fire sprinkler system in the building led to the discovery that the town water main was inadequate.

As a result, the Sibleys are paying for a new 12-inch water main from their property to High Point Lane. It will be installed over the next two to three weeks. The project required an easement for the Sibleys from Elio Silva, on property where he will build a new market at 412 State Road, and an easement from the Sibleys to the town.

“It has been good for me as a Martha’s Vineyard Commissioner for many years to be on the other side of the permitting and regulation process,” said Ms. Sibley, an elected West Tisbury commissioner since 1992. “I can certainly understand why people find it exhausting. Although at the same time, though, I can see that every piece of it is for a reason and has a good purpose.”