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Dec 19, 2017 5:05 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Cromer's Country Market Change Of Zone Application For Parking Lot Moves Forward

Cromer's Market.
Dec 19, 2017 5:05 PM

The Southampton Town Board agreed last week to move forward with a requested zoning change that, if approved, would legalize a Noyac market’s parking lot and also permit the conversion of a small house on the property into office space.

Though shoppers at the Cromer’s Country Market on Noyac Road can use it, the shop’s parking lot is zoned 1-acre residential—R-40, to be exact—and is not an appropriate use for the land under the town code.

Filed by Tony Lawless, the market’s owner, the change of zone application requests that the town alter the land’s zoning to highway commercial, which permits parking lots. The change would increase the number of available parking spots by 10, to several dozen.

The grocery store sits on roughly a third of an acre and is nestled between Noyac Road and Cedar Lane—the same stretch of road that once featured a dangerous curve prior to a 2014 road reconstruction project.

The application also calls for permitting the conversion of a small, old house into office space for Cromer’s.

“This is a step in the process,” Mr. Schneiderman said after the board agreed to entertain the application on December 12. The Town Board will schedule a public hearing on the application once Mr. Lawless finalizes his paperwork.

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The town should encourage and assist all of our charming local markets to expand. Beyond adding more choices and helping local businesses that are deeply involved in our community it will reduce traffic on CR-39.
By TheTurtle (129), Southampton on Dec 21, 17 9:03 PM
I think this would only help the community
By Beach bay (1), Southampton on Dec 23, 17 6:49 PM