2007-12-06 / News

Zoning board approves Randall mixed-use plan

By Sam Bari

The Zoning Board of Review unanimously approved the application of Allan and Nancy Randall for a mixed-use permit to construct a residential as well as a retail and office structure on their property at 61 Narragansett Ave.

Jamestown attorney John A. Murphy represented the Randalls in their presentation at the Nov. 27 meeting of the board. Bill Burgin of Burgin Lambert Architects in Newport designed the plans and assisted in the presentation. The proposed plans were approved by the Planning Commission before being presented to the zoning board.

The application entailed moving an existing residential structure to Howland Avenue and constructing a combined retail and office building to front on Narragansett Avenue. According to the application, the proposed plan would preserve an attractive residential structure and combine it with a handsome and appropriately sized office and retail structure for the Randall Art Gallery. No dimensional variances were required.

The board found the plans to be consistent with the Jamestown Comprehensive Plan and satisfied all zoning and building regulations needed for approval. Board member Richard Boren moved to approve the application, which passed with a unanimous 5-0 vote.

In other business, attorney Peter Brockmann represented Martha Harris in her special use and variance application for her property at 209 Beacon Ave., in the Jamestown Shores. The application to install a new individual sewage disposal system (ISDS) 120- feet from a wetland edge and construct a single family house on the site was approved by the Planning Commission before being presented to the zoning board.

The property is a corner lot at Beacon Avenue and Frigate Street and is presently vacant. A motion to approve the application by board member David Nardolillo to build a 684-square foot, one- bedroom cottage with the ISDS on the northeast corner and the well on the southwest corner was unanimously passed by the board with a 5-0 vote.

The Zoning Board of Review was scheduled to sit as the Planning Board of Appeal at the November meeting to consider the appeal of Windridge Properties LLC concerning the building housing Jack's Electric at 14 Clinton Ave. However, a letter from owner Jack Brittain's attorney, Donald J. Packer of Peacedale, requested a continuance to the Dec. 18 meeting of the board because he was not able to attend the November meeting due to medical reasons. Wineberg seconded the motion. The board voted unanimously to approve the request.

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