Warren looks into Tourister Mill signs

Planning Board chairman complains of 'unsightly' signs on building facing Main Street

By Ted Hayes
Posted 1/7/21

One of Warren's attorneys will look into whether signs affixed to the Main Street side of the Tourister Mill's main building are allowed, after the chairman of the Warren Planning Board complained …

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Warren looks into Tourister Mill signs

Planning Board chairman complains of 'unsightly' signs on building facing Main Street

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One of Warren's attorneys will look into whether signs affixed to the Main Street side of the Tourister Mill's main building are allowed, after the chairman of the Warren Planning Board complained about their appearance at a recent meeting.

Fred Massie said he noticed the two small signs recently while coming into town, and thought they were "a little problematic."

"Was there permission to put those signs up?" he asked. "I find it disappointing, frankly, that (the mill) is becoming more commercial looking than residential."

Assistant town solicitor Ben Ferreira said he will research the issue with Warren Building Official Tony Carvalho, and will also look at past town rulings with respect to signage at the site to determine if they violate any past agreements or the overall ordinance.

The discussion came up as Charles McCoy and Chris Lewis, who work with site developer Brady Sullivan, appeared before the planning board to ask permission to convert seven units originally designated as commercial space to residential.

Six of those units are in the northernmost portion of the property along Main Street, and one lies south of it, in a former boiler building.
Though board officials approved the request, Mr. Massie said he and others will be waiting to hear the results of Mr. Ferreira's inquiry into the sign issue.

"You've been great neighbors and this project has been terrific," Mr. Massie told them. "But details count. The concept was, let's have a nice mix here. It certainly wasn't the intent ... to have a building that is primarily residential turned into commercial" in appearance.

Neither Mr. McCoy nor Mr. Lewis were able to offer any answers on the signs, saying they weren't involved in placing or selecting them. However,

Mr. McCoy said he was sorry he couldn't be more helpful, and asked that he and Mr. Lewis be kept in the loop on Mr. Ferreira's findings.

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