At the Plan & Zoning Commission Meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 6, the commission unanimously approved a lighting plan for the driveway into the Aurora Products building at 205 Edison Road.
The plan includes LED lights that are of the right height and meet all the zoning regulations.
Aurora, as you may recall, purchased the former Finlay Jewelry Factory in September 2011. It is in the process of moving its entire operation from Stratford to Orange.
The Rogers Saga continues
Rogers’ property /shopping center area on Orange Center Road has $150 per day fine active plus $100 per day will be added for anti-blight ordinance violations.
The 158 Ohman Avenue property is being fined $150 per day for zoning violation and then, after 10 days he will be fined $100 per day for the blight.
There reportedly is a problem with a tenant in the house.
Residents on Derby Avenue have concerns about the Preserve, but Beau Clark said there has not been any application filed there yet.
If an application comes forward the commission will do what is best for the town.
Zoning Enforcement Officer Paul Dinice’s report:
• Trying to address blighted homes, in many cases they are homes that have been foreclosed on. There are 7 chronic homes and in 4 cases the grass has now been cut. The other 3 properties are still in the works.
• St. Barbara’s Greek Orthodox Church put in its annual event for its’ Labor Day Odyssey Festival. There are never any problems. They need to have insurance, approval by the police and fire departments and the town sanitarian and the Festival will go on as usual.
• The town map was in the process of being completed and re-adopted a hearing will be held in September, and then it will be posted on the town web site.
Public Hearing – Starbuck’s Drive Thru
A revised plan was submitted for a drive thru and outside eating area to the existing Starbuck’s Coffee building at 538 Boston Post Road.
Laura Betlow, the Attorney for Starbucks read a letter from the landlord, who at the last meeting publicly objected to Starbuck’s plan. The letter stated that the landlord now approved of the drive thru, plantings and outdoor café.
Betlow suggested putting a “SLOW” sign instead of a speed bump in the drive thru lane.
The commissioners said they did not think that would be enough and pedestrian safety is still a concern.
Clark said, “Pedestrian safety is our main priority.”
Betlow was well prepared with drawings for the required railings. She visited several drive thru windows in town and was able to answer all of the commissioners’ questions regarding what other restaurant configurations are like.
After 30 minutes of discussion Clark said the applicant had addressed all the issues.
Although Commissioner Paul Kaplan seemed to be a little apprehensive, and Ozzie Parente expressed concerns about traffic coming into the parking lot from Peck Lane directly in front of the drive thru exit.
The Commissioners’ final action before voting on the plans was to have 4 pedestrian crossing signs along the drive thru and a stop sign at the exit/thoroughfare added to the plans.
20 minutes later Kaplan made a motion to approve on condition that the signage and railings are all put in place, and hard copies of the plan with all the revisions are submitted.
The plan passed unanimously. The Starbucks Drive Thru is coming to Orange.