WESTERLY — The company building a 24-unit condominium complex on South Drive will return to the Planning Board Tuesday as it seeks approval of an amendment to its approved plans.
South Drive Development Inc., which owns the 7-acre property at 19 South Drive, applied for an amendment to its preliminary and final plans after receiving a notice of violation from the town in late February. Runoff problems and erosion were documented through photographs and inspections by the town staff.
The proposed amendment is related to construction performance requirements and the phasing of construction, which town officials said the developer had not followed.
The company, associated with Sacco Enterprises Inc. of Charlestown, disagreed. Its lawyer, George Comolli, told the board in April that the builder had followed the terms of approved plans that were recorded in the town's land evidence records. He also said that aspects of the Planning Board's 2018 decision to approve the project could not be followed. Comolli did not respond to a message seeking comment for this article.
The board will also conduct a public informational meeting on Westerly Granite Co.'s master plan for a proposed medical marijuana cultivation facility on its quarry property on Church Street in Bradford. South County Cultivation Inc. would run the facility as a tenant of Westerly Granite in an existing equipment storage shed near the property's intersection with Quarry Road.
The medical marijuana facility is part of a three-phase development that Westerly Granite, owned by the Comolli family, is planning for the property. The other two phases involve a solar power field and use of part of the property as a storage area for old equipment from the former Bradford Dyeing Association property. The Comollis' land will continue to be used for light quarrying work by Rawson Materials, which is leasing part of the property. The property is the former operations center of Copar Quarries of Westerly.
The board will also consider a request from Rory Douthit and Sam Agnello Jr. to combine master plan and preliminary plan approval for the new restaurant they are planning to build at 169 and 177 Main St. Part of the property is the former location of Amanda's Pantry, which has moved to Beach Street. Douthit and Agnello, who have been friends since childhood, want to knock down the existing building and construct a two-story 1,750-square-foot building.
The restaurant would allow for a new access point to the Pawcatuck River and would include a green space at the site of the Westerly Land Trust's former community garden. The garden recently opened at a different spot on Main Street.
Gene Arganese's plans for a 150-seat rooftop restaurant atop his Sandy Shore Motel on Atlantic Avenue is also on the Planning Board's agenda. The board will conduct a public informational hearing and seek input from the public. The is the latest round of review for the project. Preliminary plans were approved in September.
The board's busy agenda also includes pubic input and review of preliminary and master plans for a 78-person conference center at the Weekapaug Inn. The owner, Weekapaug Inn & Cottages LLC, is also seeking approval of plans for a new hotel building consisting of two one-bedroom units in substitution for three two-bedroom cottages previously approved for the site, Spray Rock Road.
The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.