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04-26-07 Minutes
Special Meeting
April 26, 2007

This special meeting was held at the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center in order to facilitate a public information session regarding a proposed project by Cherenzia Associates.  This session was coordinated by Chairman Blunt White of the EDC and Bob Granata of the Pawcatuck Revitalization Organization.  Cherenzia Associates, represented by Tom Ligouri, Ray and Sam Cherenzia, and their architect, Robert Orenstein, presented a history of constructing two bedroom town homes with two projects in Westerly and one in Norwich.  They presented photos of these projects as well as plans and conceptual plans for a project located at the intersection of Greenhaven and Mary Hall Roads in Pawcatuck.  The parcel of land contains 58.36 acres with only 18 acres used for construction of 88 units of attached, two bedroom units.  The units would range from 1600 to 1800 square feet and have a price range from $285,000 to $310,000.  Each unit would have a two car garage with most of them below the units due to the existing topography of the land.  In addition to the units, there would be an inground swimming pool and associated pool house.

Following their presentation, there was an extended question and answer session with over one hundred concerned citizens in attendance.  Some of the concerns raised were:

1.  Could the existing sewer treatment plant handle the expected usage.
2.  How could this project have access to town sewers when neighbors have
     been asking for sewers for years.
3.  How will ground water been contained.
4.  Amount of traffic created.
5.  Deeding the open space land to the Town or a land trust.

This session concluded at 9:20 PM.

The Economic Development Commission meeting was called to order at 9:25 PM.  Present were: Blunt White, Mike Latham, Paul Burgess, Ed Hart, John Delmhorst, Ed Dear, Tony Lee, Jim Oberhelman, and Ed Haberek.  
Absent were: John Dionne.  The minutes of the March 15th meeting were approved as revised and distributed.

Following discussion, it was agreed that any future public informational meetings would be scheduled independently of regularly scheduled EDC meetings.

Al Basacki, representing David Lattazori, discussed the request for a Mixed Use Transition Zone for Lattazori’s planned development of the Perkins Farm property on addressStreetJerry Browne Road.  More public input will be welcomed on this proposal and another session is scheduled for May 3rd.   The Master Plan is still being revised.  

A discussion was held on the downtown Pawcatuck Façade Program.  The photos have been revised and a meeting is scheduled with Architect Mark Comeau.  The parking study is a key portion of this project as development of downtown Pawcatuck is reliant on sufficient parking for future tenants.

This meeting was adjourned at 10:10 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

John R. Delmhorst,