February 1, 2023

Deep River P & Z Sets Aug 16 Public Hearing on Commercial Building Reuse

DEEP RIVER— The planning and zoning commission has scheduled an Aug. 16 public hearing on a special permit application for reuse of a vacant commercial building at 246 Main Street. The hearing begins at 7 p.m. in town hall.
Building owner Peter Kehayias of Chester and local resident Andrea Chiapa are seeking approval to open three businesses in the building locatedĀ on the southern end of Main Street, also known as Route 154, near the entrance to Devitts Field. The building, previously owned by local resident Donald Slater, had previously contained an Irish gifts shop. The structure has been vacant for more than two years.
Chiapa has proposed opening a dress shop, a flower shop, and a “cupcake cafe” in the building. Zoning Enforcement Officer Cathy Jefferson said the site plan calls for no significant structural changes to the building, which has contained more than one business in past years. Jefferson said the plan to open a cafe selling cupcakes, coffees and teas is what triggered the requirement for a special permit application and public hearing before the commission.