Consideration of plan for drive-through restaurant on Douglas Pike delayed

Consideration of plan for drive-through restaurant on Douglas Pike delayed

SMITHFIELD – Members of the Smithfield Zoning Board of Review last Wednesday agreed to postpone consideration of a special use permit and variances to construct a drive-through restaurant in a commercial zone at 55 and 61 Douglas Pike.

During the Feb. 28 meeting, attorney Michael Warren, representing applicants A. Ricci and Sons, requested a continuance so the applicant can prepare for testimony and compliance in light of prior Zoning Board decisions. Town Planner Michael Phillips said a similar proposal had been before the council in 2005 and 2008, and neither was approved. Phillips added that a proposal for a Tim Hortons coffee shop lapsed, and never “amounted to anything.”

He said after the approval in 2004 for the storefronts and restaurants at 55 Douglas Pike, no new business has moved in next door at the vacant lot.

The lot, just south of Twin River Road near Rocco’s Pub and Grub, used to be the home to an ice cream stand, but has long been vacant, Phillips said. For now, details of what business would move into the lot remain a mystery.

“I don’t know they have anybody in mind, yet,” Phillips said.

The Zoning Board moved the hearing to April 25, its next scheduled meeting.

Later in the evening, the Zoning Board unanimously approved a special use permit for John Dell’Oro, owner of TG Developers, to construct a solar carport at his property at 33 Appian Way.

Dell’Oro said he decided to construct the carport for three reasons: the coverage for tenants parking, producing electricity from the panels, and use as a sales device for his company, Advance Electrical, which is at the same location.