Board approves gym at Pawcatuck Shopping Center

Stonington - The Planning and Zoning Commission has approved a permit that will allow a Renegade Sports Center to open in the former Stop & Shop space in the Pawcatuck Shopping Center.

Meanwhile, the commission has received applications from the owners of both the Flood Tide restaurant at the Inn at Mystic and Stonington Pizza to expand seating.

The commission voted Tuesday to approve the permit change for the use of the 18,386-square-foot space, from retail to personal services. Renegade Sports Center will take over space that has been vacant for the past five years after Stop & Shop moved to its new location on Route 2.

Renegade owner Bill Kane was not available for comment Thursday. A Stonington resident, he currently owns Work Out World/Renegade Sports locations in Waterford, Groton, Norwich and New London.

The gym would operate from 4:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., with three to seven employees at any one time. No changes to the site are planned. A floor plan shows a lobby, offices and areas for exercise machines, free weights, spinning, bleachers, personal training, classes, tanning, locker rooms and saunas.

The commission is scheduling a public hearing on a special use permit request by the Flood Tide to remove a portion of its existing building and replace it with a 1,520-square-foot deck for an addition of 75 outdoor seats. The restaurant would retain its current 120 seats. The application states that due to surplus parking on the site, no additional parking spots are required to accommodate the new seats.

The commission is also scheduling a public hearing on a special use permit request by Stonington Pizza to expand its Route 1 restaurant into an adjacent unit in the building. The new space would have a total of 75 seats. No expansion of parking is planned.

j.wojtas@theday.com

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