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Business Owner Appears Before ZBA To Gauge Reaction to Building a Residential Home in a Commercially Zoned Area


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Resident Gary Lavelle and his wife Mary Jo appeared before the Zoning Board of Appeals on Dec. 18 to gauge the members’ sentiments regarding a commercially zoned 4.9 acre lot at 478 Groton Road.

Lavelle is purchasing the land from his father who has owned it since 1986.

Lavelle owns and operates CSA Graphics which he said he’d like to relocate from the MillWorks on Town Farm Road, to 478 Groton Road to be closer to the highway.

“What I’m trying to do is run my business out of my home,” Lavelle said. He hopes to build a house at the edge of the parcel close to the wetlands, he added.

“I take it the residence is not currently allowed in IA?” said ZBA Chair Bob Herrmann. “So he would have to come here for multiple use (approval).”

Lavelle offered to answer questions from the board and stressed he would conform with “stormwater management, set backs, wetlands, and so forth.”

“Doesn’t sound like there is any overwhelming objection at this point,” said Herrmann.

“I figured a 5 or 10 minute conversation would go a long way,” Lavelle said, just before the board adjourned.