The Martha’s Vineyard Commission this week unanimously approved the Island Food Pantry’s plan for a permanent move to 114-116 Dukes County avenue in Oak Bluffs.

The food pantry’s parent nonprofit, Island Grown Initiative, purchased the mixed-use property in May to provide a permanent home for the pantry, which is currently renting space at the Portuguese American Club on Vineyard avenue.

A preorder and appointment system for food pantry clients will do away with lines outside the building, Island Grown executives told the commission during a public hearing that opened on Oct. 5 and concluded Thursday night.

The planned operation will limit client pick-ups to 14 people per hour, with timed arrivals and a drive-through model, which MVC traffic specialist Michael Mauro said Thursday will not bring problematic traffic to the area.

“It won’t have a negative effect on the neighborhood,” Mr. Mauro told the commission.

The property also has 14 parking spaces.

At the hearing last month, two neighbors spoke in favor of Island Grown’s plan for the long-vacant building, a former automotive workshop and later home to a musicians’ collaborative that closed 10 years ago.

Five other neighbors have written letters of support, said Rich Saltzberg, MVC coordinator for developments of regional impact (DRIs).

Responding to concerns about stormwater runoff from the building, Island Grown prepared a roof drainage plan that commissioners found satisfactory Thursday.

The Dukes County avenue building, to be renamed the Island Food Center, has storage and retail space as well as an apartment now occupied by a teacher in the Island Grown Schools program.

Only the apartment is currently on the town sewer system, but Island Grown executive director Rebecca Haag and food equity director Merrick Carreiro told the commission that the pantry’s water use will be minimal because no food is prepared or washed on the site.

Commissioners agreed that the MVC will review the food center’s wastewater records after two years, to see if they warrant tying in to the town system.

Thursday’s approval frees Island Grown to seek local permits before beginning to remodel the property.