The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, May 19, 2000


Board of appeals grants requests from owners of antique store and 200-year-old home

On April 6, the Carlisle Board of Appeals heard two requests for special permits and variances to town zoning laws; one pertaining to the operation of a business on Bedford Road, the other for an addition to a 200-year-old house on Curve Street with many site limitations.

Antique shop on Bedford Road

John Kyprianos came back to request a new special permit for operation of an antique/collectibles room at 549 Bedford Road. The shop has been in operation for two years under two successive one-year permits; the tea room has yet to be added. Kyprianos asked for a renewal period longer than one year. Associate member Hal Sauer pointed out that an extended permit would be unlikely without the tea room being tested. Kyprianos did not want to eliminate the tea room possibility. No abutters opposed the request.

The board unanimously voted to issue a two-year permit for the antique store and tea room with several conditions, including no outside display of merchandise, limitation of the tea room to four indoor tables, and hours of operation 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week.

Addition on Curve Street

Andrew and Lois Cutter requested a special permit with variance from the restriction on increasing living space by more than 50 percent, and from front and side setbacks for construction of an addition at 498 Curve Street. The house, built in 1805 and containing 1,100 square feet, is currently non-conforming as to distance from the street and side lot lines. The addition would increase the size of the house by 1,800 square feet. The setback would be 1.7 feet from the side lot line and 2.9 feet from the road.

The abutters, including Great Brook Farm State Park, Debbie and Dave Toher and Susan Smith, do not oppose the addition. The owners had considered alternative plans and the possibility of a land swap with the state but had no success. Because the house is very small, the site is constrained by ledge and outcroppings, the affected abutter (Great Brook Farm State Park) is unique and does not oppose the addition, and the owners have exhausted other alternatives, the board unanimously granted the special permit and variance to allow construction of the addition as shown in the plans.

This article is based on minutes of the meeting.

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