Work continues on the interior of the former Shaw's Supermarket on Black Rock Turnpike, but the opening of a new ShopRite Grade A market at the site now awaits additional action by zoning officials.

William Fitzpatrick, the lawyer representing the store's developer, has filed an application with the Town Plan and Zoning Commission seeking a special permit designed to ease truck deliveries at the store. The application seeks permission to basically trim off a corner of the shopping complex at the end occupied by Party City, in order to allow truck traffic to circulate around the building.

Assistant Planning Director James Wendt said no date has been set yet for the public hearing.

Fitzpatrick, in the letter to the TPZ, said ShopRite's occupancy will require no alteration of the former Shaw's space, other than refurbishing and upgrading the interior and the addition of two loading dock areas at the rear of the building.

He said an analysis was done of the of the truck access to and from the site. "Past practice for the earlier supermarket apparently included truck delivery behind the building to a loading area, making a delivery, then backing out to the point where the truck could turn around and exit the property," Fitzpatrick wrote. "ShopRite does not wish to continue this practice for several reasons, including pedestrian safety, vehicular safety, efficiency of deliveries and parking lot congestion."

Instead, he said, the owners want delivery trucks to enter at the driveway by Party City, travel behind the building and then exit using the driveway at the other end of the complex by Billy's Bakery. Any parking spaces lost by the reconfiguration would be replaced elsewhere on the property, he indicated.

Carol Landsman, director of Rehabilitation Associates located behind Webster's Bank at the shopping center, sent a letter in support of the proposal.

When Shaw's was open, she said, vehicles parked at the rehab office were hit and scraped by the store's trucks, and patients often had to move their cars so the trucks could get through.