Merino Block

Case 2016-02: Merino Block

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Project Description

(Previously Case 2015-27) An application has been submitted for a final site plan review of the redevelopment of the block bounded by Park Lane to the north, First Street to the west, West Streetsboro Street to the south, and the Village Green to the east.

The scope of the project includes: 
  • Demolition of the two-story structure at 53 First Street. The one-story building, constructed in 1964, was relocated onto its current elevated foundation in approximately 2005 as part of the parking terrace and surrounding roadway improvements completed in association with First and Main.
  • Relocation of the Baldwin-Buss-Merino House located at 36 North Main Street. The existing front covered porch addition and rear mass additions dating from the 1950s are proposed for removal, the original 1836 footprint would be restored, and the structure would be relocated approximately 50 feet to the south, while maintaining the current orientation to the village green
  • Construction of an L-shaped building containing six town home units, two multifamily residential units, and 1,500-square-feet of office space.
  • Construction of a single story 1,500-square-foot commercial building at the southwest portion of the site.

Applicant: David Wimer
Property Owner: Richard Merino

Meetings/Public Hearings

March 14, 2016: Planning Commission held a public hearing on Monday, March 14, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall to review the revised final site plan and to consider approval of a conditional use request for multifamily residential housing. The Planning Commission continued the conditional use and site plan approval to the April 11 meeting. Most of the people who spoke at the public hearing and the Planning Commission were concerned with the scale of the project as it relates to the historic home.

February 8, 2016: Case was scheduled for a public hearing, but has been postponed most likely until the March Planning Commission meeting. A revised design review is anticipated and will require a reduced amount of parking and contain primarily town home residential with some limited commercial/office space.

November 9, 2015: Planning Commission held a public hearing. The project was discussed, but no action was taken due to more information needed.