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Peterborough

Request for  food cart on 101 denied

PETERBOROUGH — The Zoning Board of Adjustment on Monday rejected a request from the owners of Twin Elm Farm to have a seasonal food cart at their antique shop on Route 101 across from Lookout Hill Road. A second variance request, to have an antiques and consignment shop on the lot at 139 Wilton Road, next door to the business, is still under consideration, with a site visit set for Monday.

“We were hoping to have a food cart at Twin Elm,” said Trish Walker of Wilton, who owns the building that houses the antique shop. “The board felt is would have been equivalent to a restaurant and didn’t want to change. That was too bad. It would have been fun.”

Laura Norton, the administrative assistant in the town’s Office of Community Development, said Wednesday that the lot is in three different districts — the family district, the general residence district and the rural district — and the Zoning Board members ruled that a restaurant was not a permitted use in any of those districts.

Walker is also considering purchasing the neighboring lot but said she won’t do so unless she can get a the variance to use it for the antiques business.

“We’re hoping to have an annex there,” she said.

— by Dave Anderson

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