25% is Not Enough
On Tuesday May 14th, the Norwich Zoning Board of Appeals issued a strong pro-business statement by granting a variance at 156 North Main Street. The Board was acting on a petition filed by Pietro Camardella who owns the property, which was formerly a Polish Club (private club) south of Greeneville. Pietro bought the property in 1999 and has only been able to use 25 percent of his building because the property has no off-street parking spaces.
The city’s zoning regulations mandate that any change of use from a private club to a different activity be required to provide the off-street parking. Because the property was developed decades prior to the adoption of zoning, parking was never considered in the site layout. There is no place to accommodate off-street parking on Pietro’s property.
Urban Renewal Happens Indoors...
Construction workers with gold sledge hammers?¬† No- they’re the ladies of Harp and Dragon!¬† On Thursday March 7 the Harp and Dragon Irish Pub had an impromptu ‘wall breaking’ to kick off the second phase of their expansion. Urban renewal often happens indoors and is invisible to the street; celebrations like ‘wall breakings’ show the public that improvements really are happening.¬† About 20 employees, city leaders, neighboring business owners, and the ‘real’ construction crew were on hand to witness that indoor equivalent of a ground breaking - complete with gold sledge hammers instead of shovels.
Development began in 1964 on land purchased from Herman Sharpe and the Stott Family. NCDC continued to expand the park until 1996 and now it is a 450 acre Business Park with over 40 businesses and 2,300 employees.
Despite its age, the park is modern and includes residential and commercial establishments making it a place to live and work.