Jaffrey

Truck noise a concern

Construction firm seeks variance for equipment storage

  • While the lot of the future Park Theater awaits construction, Theater board members went before the Zoning Board of Adjustment for a bump out in the back of the building to provide patrons an emergency exit.

    While the lot of the future Park Theater awaits construction, Theater board members went before the Zoning Board of Adjustment for a bump out in the back of the building to provide patrons an emergency exit. Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • While the lot of the future Park Theater awaits construction, Theater board members went before the Zoning Board of Adjustment for a bump out in the back of the building to provide patrons an emergency exit.

    While the lot of the future Park Theater awaits construction, Theater board members went before the Zoning Board of Adjustment for a bump out in the back of the building to provide patrons an emergency exit. Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • While the lot of the future Park Theater awaits construction, Theater board members went before the Zoning Board of Adjustment for a bump out in the back of the building to provide patrons an emergency exit.

    While the lot of the future Park Theater awaits construction, Theater board members went before the Zoning Board of Adjustment for a bump out in the back of the building to provide patrons an emergency exit. Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • While the lot of the future Park Theater awaits construction, Theater board members went before the Zoning Board of Adjustment for a bump out in the back of the building to provide patrons an emergency exit.

    While the lot of the future Park Theater awaits construction, Theater board members went before the Zoning Board of Adjustment for a bump out in the back of the building to provide patrons an emergency exit. Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • While the lot of the future Park Theater awaits construction, Theater board members went before the Zoning Board of Adjustment for a bump out in the back of the building to provide patrons an emergency exit.
  • While the lot of the future Park Theater awaits construction, Theater board members went before the Zoning Board of Adjustment for a bump out in the back of the building to provide patrons an emergency exit.
  • While the lot of the future Park Theater awaits construction, Theater board members went before the Zoning Board of Adjustment for a bump out in the back of the building to provide patrons an emergency exit.
  • While the lot of the future Park Theater awaits construction, Theater board members went before the Zoning Board of Adjustment for a bump out in the back of the building to provide patrons an emergency exit.

JAFFREY — A variance application to use the old King Manufacturing building on Squantum Road for storage of construction equipment for a local company sparked opposition from abutters at Tuesday’s Zoning Board meeting.

The board met Tuesday evening to review three variance applications and voted to visit all three sites in question before deliberations, scheduled for Friday evening. The board heard presentations from Ezra Ketola of Algav LLC., Jeff Clark-Kevan for a bump out behind the future Park Theatre, and Gerard Chaisson for a water retaining wall for his property near the town beach.

Ketola, who owns the foundation company Algav LLC. based in Rindge, asked the board for a change of use variance to use the old King building as a warehouse in a residential district. Ketola said he would only go to the building in the morning to get supplies, before heading to a job and then possibly at the end of the day as well. He said his crew is on the site of a job by 7 a.m. and therefore may need to access the building as early as 5 a.m. if the job is a far drive.

Abutters voiced concerns about the residential district once again being loud, with business trucks coming and going in the early morning the way they did when King Manufacturing was in business.

“I lived there my whole life and I know there’s going to be a problem,” Gary Niskala said at the meeting. Niskala represented his grandmother who is an abutter of the King building on Squantum Road.

Niskala’s grandmother has lived next door to the building for a number of years and her driveway was used to get to the building when King Manufacturing was operating, Niskala said. This is because the other driveway to the King facility is also a shared driveway, where neighbors park cars, so it is not always passable.

“I know we leave at four, five in the morning,” Niskala said, explaining that he too works construction.

“For 30 years I dealt with the noise,” abutter Mark Stone said at Tuesday’s meeting. Stone’s backyard abuts the property. He said he would never have bought his home if he knew how much noise King Manufacturing would make.

Real Estate Broke Mike Grenier, who is currently working with Ketola to purchase the building said, “The less activity, the better, for the neighbors, for the abutters.”

The board agreed to visit the site Friday at 6 p.m. and said they would deliberate that evening at the town office, following the other two site visits.

Engineer Jeff Clark-Kevan of Jaffrey presented a variance application for a bump out to be constructed at the back of the future Park Theatre. He said the bump out is needed to provide emergency exits from the theater to the back parking lot. The bump out would create this space for patrons to get around the theater’s machinery and into the parking lot, without taking away seats.

The Park Theatre operated from the 1920s until the 1970s. The historic building was demolished in December 2013 when it was determined restoration costs would be too high, and building a new theater would be more feasible. Construction is set to begin in late fall and is estimated to be completed by 2016.

The variance is required because this bump out would be constructed within the required 15 feet setback from the other two neighboring businesses. If the bump out is built, it would leave a 12 foot long setback from Country Bridal’s back property and an 81/ 2 foot setback from the other back property owned by the Fire Department.

The board voted unanimously to waive the need for a site visit, but will wait to deliberate on this variance until Friday, along with the other two variance applications.

Gerard Chaisson of Jaffrey presented the third variance application, which would allow him to construct a stone, water retaining wall on his property to prevent erosion from rain. Chaisson’s property abuts the town beach on Contoocook Lake. If the retaining wall is built, it would leave only 3 to 4 feet of space between the wall and Squantum Road.

The variance is required because the wall would be built within the wetlands conservation district and requires a 30 foot setback from a town road. Chaisson also applied for a special exception because the retaining wall would also be located within the shoreline conservation district.

Chaisson, who has lived in town for 15 years, continues to experience beach erosion from rainfall. His property extends to the town beach. He’s already begun building the wall and said after recent rain, the wall filtered the water back into the lake as it should. He stopped construction when someone informed him that he needed a variance.

The board will visit the site of the wall on Friday as well, and deliberate whether to approve it that evening.

Lindsey Arceci can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 232, or larceci@ledgertranscript.com.

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