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Friday, August 13, 2004


Ferns' front porch gets last approvals

With approvals from the Board of Appeals and the Historical Commission, the proposed new front porch for Ferns Country Store in the center of town has completed the lengthy application process. Earlier the Board of Selectmen, the Planning Board, and the police and fire chiefs had reviewed the plans.

Larry Bearfield, who owns and operates Ferns, made his final presentation before the Board of Appeals on August 5, seeking a variance to build a farmer's porch on the front and side of the building.

The addition would bring the structure to within a 20-foot setback from the lot line. Currently the corner is within 16 feet to the lot line, and this porch would place it within ten feet. In addition, the signage, which was already approved by the Historical Commission, needs a variance also. Bearfield hopes to place two signs on his building, a 2x14-foot sign in the front, and an additional one, 2x10-foot, on the Bedford Road side. He claimed that a recent study has shown that there are 15,000 cars a day around the Carlisle rotary, and he hoped to capture some more of this business.The board granted both variances, and placed a condition that the lights be off after 11 p.m.

On July 27, the Historical Commission approved Bearfield's plans for signage and construction of the porch, as well as painting the building and garage. The Commission's approval excluded the finish work on the porch ceiling and recessed light fixtures. Bearfield will still need to provide the Commission with these details.

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