January 29, 2023

Chester Planning and Zoning Sets Public Hearing on Organic Market

CHESTER— The planning and zoning commission has scheduled a public hearing, Thursday September 9, on a special permit application for an organic market in a vacant building at 56 Middlesex Avenue.

The public hearing begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Chester Meeting House on Liberty Street. The panel will also hold public hearings on a special permit application for a Jazzercise studio in vacant space at 3 Inspiration Lane, and a proposed two-lot resubdivision of a 16.75-acre parcel at 49 Wig Hill Road.

Local resident Peter Kehayias is the applicant for the organic market at the property owned by 56 Middlesex Avenue LLC of Cromwell. The vacant building, which most recently housed a bycycle repair shop, is located on the east side of Middlesex Avenue, also known as Route 154, directly across from the intersection with Main Street. Kehayias proposes to sell locally-grown organic produce, including meats and fish, and speciality items.

The proposed Organic Market at Chester would also have an area with “cafe-style seating for 12 to 25 customers.”  The plans call for 19 parking spaces, 17 regular spaces and two handicapped spaces.

Jazzercise currently operates in Deep River, offering classes in exercise and health-related topics. Classes would be held Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in the morning, and evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., with some Saturday classes. The proposed location is at 3 Inspiration Lane, in a complex owned by the Chester Group LLC.

The proposed resubdivision calls for creating a new 5.43-acre building lot from a parcel at 49 Wig Hill Road owned by Bruce and Mary Rayner. The existing house on the parcel would remain on an 11.3-acre lot. Local zoning regulations require a public hearing for resubdivisions.