Zoning Board Adjourns Hearing on Old Town Hall Hotel

The Zoning Board of Appeals adjourned a hearing Thursday night on a request for variances to develop the Old Town Hall into a hotel.

Attorney Joseph Buzzell of Buzzell Blanda and Visconti initially objected when board chairman John Posillico said an adjournment was in order because members needed more time to review materials.

The attorney asked for a full vote of the board. But Posillico said state law gave him the authority to “keep the schedule and marshal its proceedings” and said the hearing would be postponed.

The site owners are seeking a special use permit, height relief, parking variance, and buffer relief to convert an existing office building into a boutique hotel with 80 rooms and an indoor parking garage.

Board members are seeking more information on hotel operations related to parking and traffic flow for the site at Stewart Avenue and Main Street.

The Zoning Board meets Thursday at 6 p.m., and Buzzell said the owners would submit more information to answer the board’s questions.

The Old Town Hall site sits in a Historic Building Overlay District, an area where historic commercial property owners have more flexibility with property use beyond basic zoning laws. That allows owners to preserve historical sites while converting them into new businesses.

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