July 11, 2020

Essex Zoning Commission Has Busy Agenda Monday

ESSEX— The zoning commission has a busy agenda of public hearings Monday, though three of the special permit applications are for businesses that have been in operation for years. The meeting convenes at 7 p.m. at town hall.

Three of the public hearings on special permit applications are for existing businesses in the commercial building at 24 Main St. in the Centerbrook section. Joseph Budrow, zoning enforcement officer, said the building is set to be sold, but a review of town files showed there had been no separate special permit approval for each business. Confirmation of zoning compliance for each use is required for the sale of the building.

The glitch has forced Charles Domier, operator of Charles’s Music School, Howard Tingue Jr., operator of the Bun On The Run sandwich shop, and Dr. David Roberts, a hearing specialist, to file new permit applications for their existing businesses.
In a new application, local resident Sheri Athay is seeking a special permit for a food service shop in commercial space at 1 and 3 North Main Street in the downtown village. Budrow said Athay has a business selling chocolates that are made off site, but now wants to make some of the confections on site in a step that requires a separate zoning approval.

The public hearing on another special permit application for a food service shop has been postponed to the panel’s July 16 meeting. William Von Anhen is seeking a special permit that would allow him to sell sandwiches in the former Scoops ice cream shop at 55 Main St. in the Centerbrook section. Budrow said Von Ahnen, a town resident, is currently selling ice cream and hot dogs at the space, but needs a special permit to expand the business to include sale of sandwiches.

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