Zoning action includes OK for shoreline home rebuilds, and downtown lease

The Planning and Zoning Board (P&Z) approved various items at its June 7 meeting, including plans to construct three single-family shoreline area homes, replacing two damaged by storms and one damaged by fire. The three property owners received unanimous approval for coastal area management site plan review (CAM) for the properties located in R-5 zones.

Cheryl Lacadie of 12 Bittersweet Avenue told the board she received a building permit in January to renovate her house, but when the contractor opened up the house, the damage was too great, and she was told she had to demolish the structure. Lacadie said she plans to use the same plans to construct the new house.

Jennifer Wendy Safyre of 23 Caroline Drive received the CAM approval and a site plan review to demolish her home and construct a new one.

Project Engineer Richard Couch said the house was damaged by storms Irene and Sandy. The new house will be constructed on top of piers that will place the building 14 feet above the existing grade on the same footprint as the existing house and will be a similar size.

Christopher Bjorklund, manager and member of Turn Key Renovations LLC, plans to construct a house at 74 Melba Street on the existing foundation of the previous house, which was destroyed along with two other houses in an April 2015 fire.

Bjorklund said the replacement house would be the exact same size as the previous home. He said the foundation was tested and could be reused. The city’s engineering department included the stipulation that the project include the construction of sidewalks along the property front.

Lease Approved

In other business, the board unanimously approved a lease agreement between the city and business owner Susan Hushin for the city-owned building at 44-64 River Street. The board’s vote was a recommendation to the Board of Aldermen in an administrative procedure known as an 8-24 referral in which the P&Z acts in an advisory capacity on matters related to city-owned properties. The aldermen will vote on the lease at their July 11 meeting.

Speaking by phone on June 8, city attorney Jonathan Berchem said the city acquired the building with a state grant that carried the condition the city needed to honor the existing leases. Berchem said the longest lease extends to June 2018, so no leases would be approved beyond that date.

Berchem said Mayor Ben Blake and the aldermen have a committee that is studying the property to determine its best use. Berchem said the property would incorporate a building, although not necessarily the existing one.

In other business, the board unanimously approved a CAM for Bic Consumer Products Manufacturing Company to reconfigure the entrance gate area and modify the entrance drive to its lighter factory at 565 Bic Drive.

Project engineer Raymond Macaluso told the board the company’s intent is to separate the delivery truck access from the employee parking lot. The change would increase security and improve access for truck deliveries.

Macaluso said there would be two entrances. Employees would have a key card to open a swing gate to reach their parking lot. Delivery trucks would pass through a second gate and stop at a guardhouse to check in, he said.