The following decisions were recently recorded by the Warren Zoning Board of Review:
The board unanimously approved the request of Nancy and James Hayes, 63 Vernon St., to enclose a portion of their porch. The enclosure violates front yard setback requirements, and the decision came despite an anonymous letter written by a person “appalled” that the town would allow the variance without requiring the Hayeses to clean up their property. A letter was also submitted by a representative of the South Burial Ground, who said the proposed enclosure would have an impact on the cemetery property. Meanwhile, two abutters spoke in favor of the application, stating that the work would constitute an improvement to the property and therefore would help increase their property values.
The board voted 3-2 to deny the application of Odaltino M. and Maria Moniz, owners of Franklin Development, LLC, to install an off-premises sign on the side of an existing commercial building that houses an audo body shop. The building has existing signage, but is located in a residential neighborhood.
The board unanimously approved the application of John Valerio of Water Street Warren, LLC, to operate a cafe selling crepes, coffee and deserts out of an existing building. Total seating will be for no more than 30 people, and the shop will be open year-round. Russell Goyette, the owner of Trafford Restaurant, said he will work with Mr. Valerio on parking spaces, and foresees no issues.
The board unanimously approved the application of Jonathan Stone of Farmstead Mercantile, LLC, for a variance to replace an existing non-conforming free-standing sign with a larger sign in a different configuration.
The board unanimously approved the application of Dion Oliveira, 43 Franklin St., to build a 9′x10′ addition to the front of the building and enclose an existing three-season room. The changes violate front yard setback and total lot coverage requirements.