A new, non-binding pre-application has been submitted to the Planning & Zoning Commission for PAWS of Greenwich LLC to operate a dog grooming, training, day care, and catering facility and sales of related pet products at 1340 East Putnam Ave.
The property is owned by 1340 East Putnam Avenue LLC, registered with Lawrence and Jennifer Goichman of Greenwich.
According to a letter to P&Z Director Katie DeLuca from the applicant’s attorney Chip Haslun, the directors of PAWS of Greenwich Greenwich Residents Jessica DelGuercio and Brian Levinson have established themselves as trusted local zookeepers.
Mr Haslun said the aim of the applicants was “to offer exceptional animal care services at this one location at the eastern end of Poststrasse in the LB zone, which allow such use based on the site plan and the approval of the special permit by the Commission. ”
They suggest operating from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and dropping off and picking up daycare from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. or from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Services are only offered by prior arrangement.
A valet service is also being offered, which Haslun said is intended to reduce traffic and reduce demand in the 12 available parking spaces, which are shared by the neighboring cleaning service, Magic Touch and Curry & Hurry.
The building is non-compliant with only 12 parking spaces, 42 of which would be required in the zone below.
The one-story building dates from 1975.
The total area remains at 8,324, although changes are proposed. Almost three times the area – 21,780 – is allowed in the LB zone. The property is .51 acres.
The building is one story. However, if redeveloped and filed under the updated 6-110 regulation, it could be 3 or 3 1/2 stories high depending on the number of units offered in exchange for the below market incentives.
Attorney Haslun said the applicant was looking forward to submitting the pre-application at the next available hearing.
Note to readers: This is a pre-registration and has yet to be set for an agenda, so the P&Z commission and the city planner cannot answer any questions at this time.
The time to comment or ask questions is whether and when the application for a public P&Z meeting is planned. The idea of a pre-application is to devote about 20 minutes to the subject during a P&Z meeting so that the applicant gets enough feedback to decide whether to pursue an application.
According to CT Gen Stat § 7-159b (2013), preliminary applications are non-binding. They cannot be challenged under any provision of the general statutes and are non-binding on the applicant or any authority, commission, department, agency or other official responsible for reviewing the proposed project.