DEEP RIVER— The planning and zoning commission has approved three new uses for the vacant commercial building at 246 Main Street. The panel granted a quick approval for the special permit after an Aug. 16 public hearing where no one objected to the plans.
Local resident Andrea Chiapa has been granted approval to open a dress shop, a flower shop, and a cupcake cafe in the building at the intersection of Main Street (Route 154) and Union Street. The building, which previously housed an Irish gifts shop, has been vacant for more than two years.
Commission Chairman Jonathan Kastner said the only conditions attached to the permit approval are related to traffic flow and the number of curb cuts on Main Street and Union Street. Kastner said the goal is to direct traffic in and out of the new businesses to Main Street, and away from the residential Union Street where there is another entrance to the property.