August 7, 2020

Chester Planning and Zoning to Hold Public Hearings on Route 154 Market, Industrial Park Propane Storage

CHESTER— The planning and zoning commission Thursday will continue the public hearing on the proposed market in a vacant building on Route 154, and open a public hearing on a proposed propane storage facility at the Airport Industrial Park off Route 145. The hearings convene at 7:30 p.m. at the Chester Meeting House.

The commission had opened a public hearing July 7 on local resident Peter Kehayias’s year-long effort to win zoning approval to convert the vacant commercial building at 56 Middlesex Avenue, also known as Route 154, in to an organic market.

The commission last November rejected a plan for the market that also included a 10-seat cafe area. Kehayias, who was appointed as an alternate on the commission in March, is appealing the panel’s denial in a lawsuit filed in Middlesex Superior Court. Kehayias has recused himself from considering his new application, as has another commission member, Errol Horner.

At the July 7 hearing, Madison lawyer Tom Cronan, representing Kehayias, said the new application is focused on a market offering “deli, bakery, and dairy,” with no seats or tables for onsite consumption of food. Cronan said the proposed use is consistent with past commercial uses of the building, including a service station and a bicycle repair shop. The building has been vacant for several years.

The commission will open public hearings on two special permit applications from DSDM LLC of Danielson for abutting parcels at the Airport Industrial Park located off Route 145 near Chester Airport. DSDM LLC is an affiliate of the Uncas Gas Company.

The company is seeking approval for a 50-foot-by 80-foot single-story steel building that would house office space and an area for assembly and storage of new furnaces, hot water heaters, and other propone appliances. On an abutting parcel at 25 Airport Industrial Park Road, the company is seeking approval for two 30,000 gallon propane storage tanks. The site plan calls for the storage area to be fenced and screened by landscaped shrubs and other plantings.