The Planning Board carried a hearing on T&C Corner Deli Monday night because the applicant has chosen to apply to the Zoning Board of Adjustment for an interpretation on the use.
The owner of 1 Ashwood Avenue, Ted Kaczmarek, is looking to get approval for 12 seats for customers to sit and eat deli sandwiches in the store instead of just carrying out.
But the addition of seats requires several variances, namely one for insufficient parking. However, there was some discussion among the applicant's attorney, Pat Cerillo, and Robert C. Thelander, representing Earl Cochario, who owns 2 Ashwood Avenue, about whether the deli should have a retail-and-restaurant establishment. The classification would determine the required number of parking spaces: 28 for a restaurant and 16 for a retail space.
Eight residents were in attendance for the hearing because the property is currently operating with seating inside, a use that is not in compliance with the current zoning. Planning Board member Gary Lewis said the business would be allowed to exist in non-compliance while the matter is still pending before the Planning Board.
The applicant will revisit the application, pending a decision from the Zoning Board on whether the use should be heard as a retail space or a restaurant.
The Planning Board is scheduled to meet next on Dec. 20.