by Jennie Acklin
Applications for special use permits were the subject of the public hearings held Tuesday, Aug. 14 at the Village Planning Board meeting. Kody Sprague, Bill Sprague and Bill Gugino attended to discuss details of their project at 11-13 Elizabeth St., site of the former Nannen Bat Factory.
Sprague Development is planning to include approximately 5,500 square feet of office/commercial space, which is an allowable use in Commercial III zoning. The details of office sizes, windows, courtyard access, parking, exterior lighting and exterior finish were all discussed. No members of the public chose to attend the hearing, so it was closed.
The second public hearing was also for Sprague Development, which plans to include a maximum of 15 residential apartments within the building. The minimum square footage allowable is 550 square feet, so a revised site plan was requested by the board, with exact measurements of hallways, entryways, etc., shown. No members of the public chose to attend this hearing, so it was closed.
After the public hearings, the regular meeting of the planning board was opened, with last month’s minutes presented, read, corrected and approved.
The discussion pertaining to the public hearings involved the details of windows, permitted retail use, the request for a more detailed plan with dimensions shown for the residential apartment section of the building.
A heated discussion involving the access driveway from Elizabeth Street to the building site followed. Board Member Mike Painter asked what the status was for the Aug. 15 closure of the driveway, as agreed upon last March as a condition of approval. The entrance is to be closed to all heavy construction equipment and the Fillmore Drive access is to be used, with the Elizabeth Street driveway to revert to grass and a sidewalk only. An unexpected water line leak and repair discovered by the Town Department of Public Works delayed work at the project site, so an extension was granted until Sept. 1. If an additional extension of time is needed, the board was open to that discussion.
The planning board agreed to approve the commercial space special use permit, but decided to table the residential apartment special use permit until next month, so that the requested plans could be submitted and reviewed.
The next meeting of the Village Planning Board is Sept. 11, 2012.