Board to Revisit Outdoor Dining at Warwick Place
A proposal for an outdoor dining area at Warwick Place will be revisited by the Zoning Board of Appeals next week.
A proposal for a 32-seat outdoor dining area adjacent to the high-end restaurant expected to open on the first floor of Warwick Place sometime next year will be considered by the Zoning Board of Appeals next week, according to the posted agenda.
A similar proposal for a 40-seat outdoor dining area was narrowly shot down at a board meeting in July that drew a small crowd of abutting residents and business owners to the Selectmen's Meeting Room of Abbot Hall.
Many of those who spoke at the meeting railed against the proposed dining area because they feared it would translate to loud nights and limited parking.
At the meeting in July, local attorney Paul Lynch presented a recently-updated building design, which called for changes to the building's facade, and sought to avoid adding three more parking spaces to the rear of the building to accommodate the additional patrons.
After unanimously approving changes to the building's facade, board members held a separate vote on the outdoor dining area. The request would have needed four affirmative votes to pass and it was only able to gain the support of three of the board's five members.
Board members Paige Hintlian, Leon Drachman and Bruce Krasker voted in favor of the proposal. Chairman William R. Moriarty and Bob Schaeffner voted against the plan.
Warwick Place is expected to open in early 2013 and will likely be home to a combination movie theater and restaurant, mini-theater for business conferences, a cafe selling breakfast and dessert, a retail establishment and small offices.
The outdoor dining area will be revisited at the board's meeting on Sept. 25, which is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Selectmen's Meeting Room of Abbot Hall.
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