The Planning and Zoning Commission last night approved an application to open an office of the Catholic Charities at 151 Broad Street, adjacent to Saint Sebastian. It also mandated a developer from 20 years ago to follow through on his commitments, discussed the Titanium Nightclub, and several other matters.
Catholic Social Work Office Adjacent To St. Sebastian
One of the requirements for an eleemosynary and philanthropic special exception is that the side yard setback be the same as the height of the largest building in the complex. The spire of St. Sebastian Church makes this rather impractical, and so the Catholic Charities requires not only Planning and Zoning approval for the special exception, but also Zoning Board of Appeals approval for the variance on the side yard setback.
The Commission unanimously approved the special exception and recommended to the ZBA that it rapidly approve the variance.
Honoring An Old Farms Commitment
The developer of the Old Farm subdivision, off of Atkins Street, applied for release of a $10,000 cash bond that the city has kept since the development was built in 1988. As a condition of subdivision approval, the developer promised to plant two street-side trees on every lot, the $10,000 cash bond was to be released when the trees were planted.
A representative of the developer explained to the Commission that because some of the lots were sold and developed by private individuals, the trees were never planted. He said it was too late to do it now, and it was not necessary because none of the property owners had ever asked the developer to have trees planted.
The Commission would brook no excuses. Holding that the developer had made a commitment to the city that the properties would have trees, it directed the developer to offer to plant two trees on the property of each of the current owners.
Titanium Nightclub Concerns
Fazzino brought up the melée which occurred late New Years Eve outside of the Titanium nightclub. Titanium operates under a special exception for a nightclub, approved by the Commissioners less than a year ago. The approval was based to a large extent on the excellent reputation of the Bramato family, which owns and operates the successful Esca Wine Bar and Titanium. Gaetano Bramato told the commission in his application last March, "'Titanium' is going to be set up as a Fusion Café and Lounge that will offer light fare and casual Entertainment... Our lounge area will be set up with comfortable lounge sofas and chairs with café style tables where guests can sit back and relax ..."
Fazzino said, "I'm quite embarrassed as a commissioner." He siad that commissioners had not been informed about what was going on with Titanium now, "We've been left in the dark."
Deputy Planner Michiel Wackers promised the commissioners that they would be kept fully informed, and that the city was doing everything it could to ensure that Titanium would either operate according to the conditions in the special exception, or would not operate at all.
originally scheduled for a hearing in September. The applicant is Linda Wilson, wife of land use attorney Ralph Wilson.
The Commission began a discussion of a change in their bylaws. Chairman Richard Pelletier proposed that the Commission elect officers only once each two-year term, instead of every year. Commissioner Dan Russo supported the change, while Commissioners Les Adams and Nick Fazzino said they wanted to consider the implications before voting. All agreed to take the matter up at a future meeting.