Turco's Shopping Center
Planning Board, 7-16-2012
Sophia’s Pizzeria (Turco’s Shopping Center)
The restaurant has plans to expand into the space vacated by the stationery store. The applicant was before the Board because adding additional restaurant seating triggers a requirement in the zoning code for 10 additional parking spaces and there’s no room in the shopping center to add additional spaces.
It was pointed that when the shopping center was built in 1971, it was deemed “deficient” in parking.While some spaces were added after the center was built, it still remains technically deficient.
Noting that the lack of parking only becomes an issue during holiday times, that there is parking across the street in the vicinity of Burger King, and that the KFC space is currently vacant, Planning Director John Tegeder said he did not foresee a large or negative impact if the restaurant expansion was approved.The issue, he said, could be revisited, when the KFC space has a prospective new tenant.
The space vacated by Carvel is slated to become a chocolate shop.
The Board agreed to send a memo to the Building Inspector indicating that there are no planning issues preventing him from issuing the restaurant a building permit and that the Board will review the parking situation when there’s a request to renovate the KFC space.