September 25, 2022

Parking Variance Approved, Essex Zoning Sets Meeting on Pharmacy Application

ESSEX—- With a parking variance approved this week by the zoning board of appeals, the zoning commission will hold a special meeting Monday on the permit application to open a pharmacy in vacant space at the commercial building at 31-33 Main St. in Centerbrook. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in town hall.

The commission had opened a public hearing on Sept. 9 on the application of Quality Care Drug/Centerbrook LLC to open a pharmacy in vacant former restaurant space at 31-33 Main St. The proposal drew no objections, and two expressions of support, from residents at the public hearing.

But the zoning commission was unable to act on the application without approval of a parking variance from the zoning board of appeals. The variance would allow 35 parking spaces where 44 spaces would be required under zoning regulations for all current and planned uses at the commercial building.

At the request of the applicant, pharmacist and business partner Greg McKenna, the commission took the unusual step of agreeing to hold special meeting to conclude the public hearing and possibly vote on the application if the variance was approved by the ZBA. The board approved the variance Tuesday after a public hearing.