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Off the table: ZBA denies restaurant plan for former downtown Post Office

Updated 11:38 am, Tuesday, February 26, 2013
  • The new owners of the former downtown Post Office were denied their request to reduce the amount of required parking to accommodate a restaurant plan in the structure, but plan to submit a revised plan. FAIRFIELD CITIZEN, CT 2/25/13 Photo: File Photo / Fairfield Citizen
    The new owners of the former downtown Post Office were denied their request to reduce the amount of required parking to accommodate a restaurant plan in the structure, but plan to submit a revised plan. FAIRFIELD CITIZEN, CT 2/25/13 Photo: File Photo

 

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A developer's request to reduce the zoning requirement for parking at the former downtown Post Office has been stamped "return to sender" by the Zoning Board of Appeals.

The ZBA earlier this month denied a request from 1262 Post Road, LLC, to cut the required parking from 91 spaces to 59 at the site.

"My clients are certainly disappointed in the ZBA denial of their variance application," said William Fitzpatrick, the lawyer for the developer, "but they do understand the board's concern over the magnitude of the parking variance request, and they also understand the board's interest in the property's restaurant tenant."

The proposal from the owners, who acquired the downtown landmark last year, called for restaurant space to be created in the front part of the building, as well as a seasonal outdoor patio. There would have been four separate retail spaces at the rear of the building, according to the application.

Fitzpatrick said a lease for a restaurant tenant has yet to be signed. Initially, there were about half-dozen potential restaurateurs interested in the space, and Fitzpatrick said that number has since been narrowed down.

"I plan to meet with my client and the project architect, and our intent is to revise the plans and resubmit it to the ZBA in the very near future," he said, adding he is confident the revised plans will address the board's concerns.

The circa-1935 brick building was purchased by 1262 Post Road, LLC, in last May for $4.13 million from the U.S. Postal Service. The post office has moved into smaller quarters in the commercial building just to the west of its former premises.

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