Last night, at the Planning Commission meeting, the owners of Christopher Norman Chocolates, the chocolate factory that wants to locate in the former Sacred Heart Church, showed up, but they were told they needed to go first to the Zoning Board of Appeals. Making chocolates, it seems, is not a permitted activity in that part of the city, so a use variance is needed to establish a chocolate factory there. The ZBA meets next Wednesday, July 20, at 6 p.m.
Although Cheryl Roberts, city attorney and counsel to the Planning Commission, has expressed the opinion, according to Mayor Richard Scalera, that Holcim/O&G (recently dubbed H/OG by Sam Pratt) would need approval from the Planning Commission to "begin actively trucking on the causeway," no one from H/OG appeared before the Planning Commission last night.
On the topic of the causeway and the dock, after Monday, when there seemed to be trucks running on the old rail bed and on city streets, there has been a strange lack of activity for the past two days, even though there's been an empty barge tied up at the dock.