Stonington PZC wants to rescind retail use amendment

Mystic - Last August, the Stonington Planning and Zoning Commission approved a zoning amendment sought by Mystic Aquarium so it could sell its overflow parking lot on Maritime Drive to a developer who wanted to build a West Marine retail store.

The amendment was needed to allow retail use in a manufacturing zone, something that was previously prohibited. Sales were restricted to buildings of less than 15,000 square feet that were not more than one mile from an interstate highway interchange. The change applied to land on Maritime Drive and property off Route 2 in Pawcatuck owned by the Mashantucket Pequot tribe.

Now, with construction underway on the West Marine project, the commission is seeking to rescind its original approval and remove the retail use from the two manufacturing zones.

If approved, the change will not affect the West Marine project, as it has already received its zoning permit.

The commission is slated to hold a public hearing on the change Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Mystic Middle School.

In its application, the commission states it is seeking the change to maintain the manufacturing zones near highway interchanges as appropriate locations for industrial, office and similar uses.

It added there was a probability for future expansion of retail development in an area targeted by the town for industrial, office and other uses.

The Maritime Drive location is near numerous commercial and retail uses such as Mystic Hilton, Mystic Aquarium, Mystic Factory Outlets and Olde Mistick Village.

j.wojtas@theday.com

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