July 31, 2014

Essex Zoning Sets Hearing on Proposed Centerbrook Cheese Shop

ESSEX—   The zoning commission has scheduled a Monday public hearing on a special permit application for a cheese shop in vacant space at 31-33 Main St. in the Centerbrook section. The public hearing begins at 7 p.m. in town hall.

Paul Partica of Old Saybrook is the applicant for the proposed shop in the space that was formerly occupied by Centerbrook Package Store. The package store had expanded about two years ago and moved to the adjoining space that had been occupied by the former Doane’s Pharmacy . The small shopping plaza that also houses Debbie’s Restaurant is owned by John Weinstein/ JMB Properties LLC of Cheshire.

The special permit application calls for retail sales of cheese, coffees, and speciality food items.

Author Charles Stannard is a lifelong resident of Essex, and has covered various Middlesex County towns for two daily newspapers over the past 30 years.  He worked for the Middletown Press from 1979 to 1995 and the Hartford Courant from 1997 through last summer, and covered Chester, Deep River, Essex and Killingworth for the past decade.  Charlie lives in the Ivoryton section of Essex.