Hearing Set for June 7 on Lenox Road Zone Change

Residents will have another opportunity to weigh in on a proposed zoning change for Lenox Road when the proposal comes before the Council for a public hearing June 7.

At the May 3 Town Council meeting, the Council set a date for a public hearing on the proposed change, which would rezone three parcels on Lenox Road from Mixed High Density Residential to General Commercial.

The change was recommended by the Planning Board and forwarded to the Council after a public hearing April 6.

Planning Director George Sioras addressed the change at the May 3 meeting. Sioras said the concern was originally brought to him by the owners of 4 and 8 Lenox Road. The owner of 10 Lenox Road later joined the effort to have the parcels rezoned, he said.

Sioras explained that Sal’s Pizza, on the corner of Lenox and Crystal Avenue, wants to expand into a full-service restaurant. The Lenox Road properties also abut 5-1/2 acres on Crystal Avenue that are zoned commercial and planned for development, he said.

The Planning Board at one time considered adding the parcels on the other side of Lenox Road, adjacent to Walgreen’s, but kept the change to the original petitioners, Sioras said. The board was also reluctant to expand the commercial zone any further down Lenox and risk affecting Grinnell Elementary School, he said.

The Planning Board also held two workshops on the issue.

The public hearing will be June 7 during the regular Council meeting.