DARTMOUTH — The Planning Board approved site plans for two business properties in the north end of town Monday night — one a proposal for a brand new "medical office" building and the other an expansion on a former department store.

Members unanimously approved plans for a 6,178-square-foot, single-story building and parking area at 529 Faunce Corner Road after the owner, Panagakos Development, made recommended adjustments to the proposal following a recent presentation before the same board.

"We took a step back and had the architect come up with an alternative plan," said Steve Gioiosa of Dartmouth-based Sitec Civil and Environmental Engineering.

The new plan "bolstered" the landscape with plants along the front of the building, relocated the Dumpster to a less publicly visible spot and addressed some drainage and utility concerns raised by the Department of Public Works. In addition, the building includes peaked roofs, facing the street, placed strategically over entry points as a way to guide visitors.

"We think the architecture strikes a balance between the needs of the applicant and the design guidelines of the town," Gioiosa said, referring to new town stipulations that favor a more visually appealing look to new construction rather than the plain, boxy look so prominent in the business district.

Planning Board member John Sousa had the support of fellow board members in saying the updated plan "looks good."

In September, the Select Board voted 4 to 1 to write letters of non-opposition for Bask Inc., formerly Coastal Compassion, to locate a medical marijuana dispensary at that same site. The status of Bask's plan to locate a facility in Dartmouth — the company recently opened a location in Fairhaven — was not clear at press time.

The Planning Board also approved the first phase of construction on a new Bob's Furniture Store at 53 Faunce Corner Mall Road in a building owned by Ann & Hope. The proposal calls for an expansion of 11,296 square feet. In the first half, approved Monday, the owner plans to oversee preliminary site work and building improvements, including the removal of a loading dock behind the building, according to civil engineer Gus Raposo.

Bob's is then expected to tackle the additional details as part of the second phase, which is likely not to begin until August, Raposo said.

Planning Board members once again stressed their desire to see new projects reflect the town's more aesthetic exterior guidelines. Town Planner John Hansen said that given the size of the addition compared to the rest of the building and given the character of the other buildings in the neighborhood, he didn't see a need to have Bob's adhere to the new guidelines.

"We're looking for something a little more pleasing — New England-style versus the typical Bob's store in Anywhere, U.S.A., something unique," Sousa said.

A representative for Ann & Hope noted the need to separate the owner's work on the property from the future tenant's work (including the facade of the building), stressing that the company would encourage Bob's to reach out to the Planning Board "sooner rather than later" regarding its proposed changes.