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Thursday, April 26 News

Zone change for Spruce Street parking lot withdrawn

An application to change a zone for a Spruce Street property and build a parking lot has been withdrawn.

The Town Plan and Zoning Commission was set to vote Tuesday on the application for 256 Spruce St., but the applicant decided to pull the request in order to address questions raised at the February public hearing on the proposal.

The owners of two separate parcels on the Post Road -- one housing Subway and Dunkin' Donuts outlets, and the other a small shopping center -- want to change the Spruce Street property's zone classification from residence B to designed commercial district. The property, which sits behind the commercial properties, would then be used for additional parking.

Some TPZ commissioners questioned whether patrons would use the new parking because it would be quicker and closer to park on the street. Another commissioner had questioned whether changing the zone would be spot zoning. The other side of Spruce Street is zoned for residential use and has five homes.

Planning Director Joseph Devonshuk said a new application for the project is anticipated, and after it is filed, another public hearing will take place.

Deli, exercise businesses OK'd

In other business, the TPZ also approved zone compliances for Jersey Mike's deli at 2181 Black Rock Turnpike, where Ritz Camera was once located, and an exercise business at the Brick Walk. The exercise facility would be located where a day spa did business for several years. It is a ballet-based fitness studio, Devonshuk said.