It seems that Dan Tuczinski, counsel to the Planning Board, found a way for the project to be approved without getting a use variance from the Zoning Board of Appeals. The article reports that he advised the applicants--Donovan LaFond, Jennifer Tzar, and Adam Loomis--that "if they emphasized the art gallery as the primary use, rather than the wine bar, they would be consistent with the R-4 residential zoning, and could apply for a site plan approval rather than a variance." That seems to have been agreeable to all, and the Planning Board gave unanimous approval. Although several nearby residents were concerned about the impact of the proposed project on the neighborhood, the Planning Board did not hold a public hearing before granting its approval. The building is owned by the Galvan Foundation.
The scaffolding has been blocking the sidewalk since September, and Rob Caldwell reports that his business at Musica this October was half what it was last year and that this October was the worst October since 1999.
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