The Planning and Zoning agenda on Oct. 21 features River Road Development, LLC’s request install a tent from March to December. The applicant, who purchased the properties at 89, 143 and 137 River Rd, including the spot where Sandy operates her Summer Stand, plan to create a rowing organization, RowAmerica, and have posted the old red building that was home to Fjord Fisheries and the adjacent gray office building for demolition.
The purpose of the tent, which would be erected until December, is to create shelter for rowers coming out of the water. The presence of an 8 x 40′ storage container was discussed during Monday’s briefing in advance of Tuesday night’s meeting.
“Storage containers are the thing of the moment,” Mrs. Ramer said, citing two behind CVS and one behind the train station in Old Greenwich. “That’s like a temporary building,” she said.
The applicant has striped the parking lot, as the commission instructed, though it is on gravel and will likely vanish over the winter.
The commissioners anticipate that the applicant will submit a full phasing plan to begin in the spring. In the meantime, the applicant has indicated that the tent will be installed as soon as it is approved, and will be maintained through December.
Though the request on Tuesday’s agenda is for a tent, there was no mention of the storage container for in the documents for the Oct. 21 meeting. “Why do we have to have another one of these containers down there? Why can’t they use the building?” Mrs. Ramer asked.
On the topic of Sandy’s summer stand, the commissioners have yet to learn the fate of the longtime fruit and vegetable stand that has operated out of the parking lot behind the former Fjord Fisheries building.
Also, during the July Planning & Zoning meeting, Harbor Management Commission member Peter Quigley lamented the lack of communication between the two commissions on applications such as the one for the rowing club. He said it was a pity to lose dock spaces, which are in short supply in town.
“We’re already losing a lot of docks,” Quigley said.
Mr. Heller said Mr. Quigley’s points were well taken.