2006-04-27 / News

Contested application given continuance by zoning board

By Sam Bari

Representing applicant Patrick Kilroy in a request for a variance, attorney Scott Turner asked the Zoning Board of Review Chairman Thomas Ginnerty for a continuance to its May 23 meeting.

The board voted 5-0 to grant the request at Tuesday night's regular monthly meeting.

The continuance gave Turner an opportunity to present the highly contested Kilroy application to the Conservation Commission in an effort to gain its recommendation for approval.

The meeting room at the library all but cleared after the board granted the continuance. Three attorneys with clients as well as several abutters and nearby residents to the Conanicus Avenue property were present to oppose the application.

Attorney John Murphy represented a group of approximately eight residents who want the request denied.

The controversial application is for a variance to build a singlefamily house. The variance, if granted, would provide a front yard setback of 9 feet where 30 feet is required, and a backyard setback of 9 feet from the coastal feature where 30 feet is required. The proposed dwelling is designed with a 1,196-square-foot interior on a footing of 716 square feet, and will be built on a 6,370square-foot property in an R40 zone.

Turner agreed to inform Zoning Officer Fred Brown and attorneys for opposing parties of any changes in the scheduled hearing.

In other business, attorney John Murphy represented Conanicut Yacht Club whose property is located at 40 Bayview Drive for a variance that would allow the construction of an addition to an existing building 5 feet from the northerly property line instead of the required 20 feet. The 37,070-square-foot property has been the location for the yacht club since 1954. The abutter to the north of the property wrote a letter of approval for the expansion and improvements to the building.

Murphy, along with Yacht Club Commodore Burt Brodin, described the project and objectives in a comprehensive presentation. The aging building is in need of updating to improve the infrastructure, kitchen facilities, and bring the plumbing in the restrooms up to code. Project Manager Peter Boscio of Jefferson Group Architects, designers of the renovations, assisted in the presentation of the plans. The board voted 5-0 to approve the request.

Attorney Anthony Di Lorenzo represented his aunt, Vilma Maccarone, of Cranston, who owns a lot at Helm and Stern streets, in a request for variance to construct a 22-foot by 32-foot house with a front setback of 24 feet instead of the required 30foot setback on the 7,200-squarefoot property. Richard Pastore, owner of RP Engineering of North Kingstown was an expert witness assisting Di Lorenzo in the presentation.

The described house for the lot is already built, and is located across the street on lot 158. The applicant intends to move the small dwelling to lot 116, which is vacant. Di Lorenzo's mother, Virginia Di Lorenzo, currently owns and occupies the house and will continue to live in it after it is moved.

Ginnerty read one letter opposing the request that came from a neighbor across the street from the proposed project. The letter opposed the construction of a building on the vacant lot because it would obstruct the view of oncoming traffic at a busy intersection. The board voted 4-1 to approve the application, with Ginnerty opposed.

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