Starbucks and take-out restaurant will join new ShopRite

The Planning and Zoning Board (P&Z) voted unanimously at its Oct. 18 meeting to allow the construction of a Starbucks and an unnamed take-out restaurant, which are joining ShopRite and Total Wine & More in the shopping plaza at 230 Cherry St. The 3,950 square foot building will be constructed on the Boston Post Road side of the property.

John Ceruzzi received a special permit and site plan approval to construct the coffee shop and unnamed take-out, which will have a drive thru and outdoor seating area. Ceruzzi Properties owns the 10.9-acre parcel, which is zoned Corridor Design Development District 1.

In other business, the board voted unanimously on two applications to allow construction of six apartments on a vacant lot at 444 New Haven Ave. One application was for a change to the wording of the zoning regulations for the Corridor Design Development District 4 (CDD-4). The other application was for a special permit, coastal management site plan review, and site plan review.

Attorney Kevin Curseaden said the zone allows housing, but requires a minimum of seven units, which he said is an “arbitrary number.” In his regulation update, that minimum number was reduced to six units. His other request was for a reduction in setbacks from 50 feet on any side to 20 feet on the front and 10 feet on the side and rear yards.

This matches more closely the requirements for commercial uses in the CDD-4 zone, which is 20 feet for front yards, and four foot setbacks are required for side or rear yards, if they are provided, commented City Planner David B. Sulkis.

Curseaden said the project would be located in three buildings with two, two-bedroom apartments, and four one-bedroom apartments.

Genvest LLC is the owner. The LLC lists Richard C. Meisenheimer and Daniel T. Meisenheimer III as managers. They also own the adjacent parcel at 440 New Haven Ave., which has an office/warehouse building.

The project drew no public comment.