Commission meets with new Berlin director
BERLIN— The Berlin Planning Commission approved requests for plans for a new commercial structure, the subdivision of a lot on Branch Street and a boundary adjustment on South Main Street at its Sept. 11 meeting.
At the first meeting with new Planning Director David Engelhart, South Moon Under received the commission’s preliminary approval to demolish its building at 619 Franklin Ave., near Railroad Avenue, and replace it with a new warehouse, Engelhart said.
The property is currently zoned as residential, so the town commissioners advised the property owner bear in mind nearby residences when placing bright security lighting. They also want the owner to ensure the plan includes a way to mitigate dust from the parking lot that could drift into nearby homes.
Business owner Ernest Girardi proposed a plan to subdivide land he owns at 122 Branch St. into two parcels, allowing for a second house to be built on the second lot. The commission approved the plan and it is now awaiting final approval from Worcester County, Engelhart said.
The Berlin commission also approved by a vote of 5-1 (Commissioner Pete Cosby opposed) a request by the owner of 523 and 525 S. Main St. to adjust boundary lines at the site. A residence, garage and the former Boomer’s Restaurant spans the three lots at the site, Engelhart said.With the property line adjustment, the owner hopes to remove one lot so the residence and garage would be on one lot and the commercial structure would be on the other, he said.