Neighbor objects, but Warren OKs boatyard

Sailboats on the hard at the Blount Fine Foods yard on Water Street. Sailboats on the hard at the Blount Fine Foods yard on Water Street.
Sailboats on the hard at the Blount Fine Foods yard on Water Street.

Sailboats on the hard at the Blount Fine Foods yard on Water Street.

The Town of Warren has given a business owner the right to run a boat storage and repair business on Water Street, despite objections from his neighbor and former landlord to the north.

The Warren Zoning Board of Review recently voted unanimously to give Pat O’Connell of O’Connell’s Warren Mill Marina a special use permit allowing a boat service and storage facility at 341 Water St., property owned by Blount Fine Foods.

Mr. O’Connell plans to work on boats in the yard adjacent to the Blount Clam Shack on a season basis; boats will also be stored on the property year-round, he told board members.

Mr. O’Connell previously ran a similar business at property just to the north owned by John Quattrocchi. At the meeting, Mr. Quattrocchi’s attorney, Robert Healey, expressed his client’s concerns about a seasonal food service business (the Blount Clam Shack) and a boat repair business operating on the same property. But board members dismissed the concerns, saying the marina would be compatible with the neighborhood, would not be a hazard or nuisance, and adheres to the town’s Comprehensive Community Plan.

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