Zoning Board to Weigh in on Three Downtown Projects
Tonight's meeting of the Zoning Board of Appeals will feature presentations for three downtown projects that are being closely watched by local residents.
At their meeting tonight, Zoning Board of Appeals members are expected to weigh in on three proposed downtown projects: the demolition of the former Fruit of the Four Seasons building on Atlantic Avenue; the future home of Marblehead For Teens on Pleasant Street; and a proposal for an outdoor seating area for 32 at Warwick Place, according to the posted agenda.
The board's meeting is scheduled to begin in the Selectmen's Meeting Room of Abbot Hall at 7:30 p.m.
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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 will be revisited by the board tonight, 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.
The board will also be presented with a plan to tear down the former Fruit of the Four Seasons building and replace it with a new one.
"We’re redesigning it to come up with something that’s appropriate for the area," Stone River LLC representative Charles Patsios said. "We want the building to be something that is a plus rather than something that is run-down."
Patsios said the new building will be designed with either a restaurant or a retail establishment in mind. The plans, he said, will create several new parking spaces that would benefit nearby businesses.
Without providing a timeline for when demolition might begin, Patsios said "if it is coming down, I'd like to have it down before December."
According to the posted agenda, a local nonprofit that is hoping to open a teen-managed teen center in Marblehead will present a plan to sublease a building on Pleasant Street tonight.
The organization's request tonight will be for a change of use and a sign, according to the agenda.
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