ESSEX— The zoning commission has approved a special permit for an art studio in the commercial building at 61 Main St. in the Centerbrook section. The panel approved the permit for NairCo LLC of Killingworth after a May 20 public hearing where the proposed use drew no objections.
NairCo LLC also operates the Killingworth Arts Center on North Parker Hill Road in Killingworth. Business owner Barbara Nair purchased the nearly vacant 61 Main St. building last November for $760,000. The art center would offer classes, programs, and workshops for children, teenagers, and adults. The hours of operation would be Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays 12 noon to 6 p.m.
The commission’s only condition for the permit approval was a requirement that signs for the use be consolidated. The 61 Main St. building has been mostly vacant for more than three years. Over the past year, a section of the building has been leased to a pool supply and repair business.