By BILL HALL
SWANSEA - The Zoning Board of Appeals approved five requests, including on that had been continued, during its meeting last Thursday evening at the School Administration Building. the board members, acting chairman Paul Grillo, Michael Backus and Paul Treloar, also continued a request to the next meeting on October 5.
The hearings began with a request that had been continued from last month while more information was gathered. Kenneth and Denise Forand were seeking to divide a lot into two lots one with an existing dwelling and the other with an existing garage that they planned to convert into a dwelling. the parcel with the dwelling was located at 639 Gardners Neck Road and the other with the garage was on Coolidge Street. The Gardners Neck Road property had only 18 feet of frontage and was located abutting Rt. I 195.
The ZBA members suspected that property had been taken during the construction of I 195 but the applicant did not have the proof during the hearing in August. This time, Attorney Thomas Killoran and Robert Berube of Pro-Line Engineering, representing the Forand's, presented evidence that 298 feet of frontage and 2.18 acres had been taken from the parcel by I 195 when it was constructed.
Chairman Grillo noted that it showed the hardship and pointed out that the board has recognized lots where a portion of the property had been taken by the government. The board approved the request with conditions, including an access point to Coolidge Street. the board also approved the request by John Knight for a review of a foundation site plan for a new dwelling on Bristol Avenue. Knight was represented by building Kenneth Mollicone who noted that the proposed structure would be 30 by 28 feet two story colonial with a height of 24 to 25 feet in line with other homes in the neighborhood.
The board continued the hearing of Joshua Castro who sought a variance and or special pemit to divide a lot with an existing dwelling at 434 Wilbur Avenue and adding a portion to an abutting lot on Coleman Street, creating a new buildable lot waiving area and frontage requirements. Castro was seeking to build a 32 foot by 30 foot home on a newly created ot of 12,946 square feet with 90 feet of frontage.
Enginer Carl Boardman, representing Castro, noted that the building a lot would be in lone with many other lots in the neighborhood. Castro noted that his wife's mother owns the 434 Wilbur Avenue home and the Castro's were hoping to build a home near her so she could be closer to the grandchildren, among other reasons. Abutter Lisa Aguiar noted that she had no problem with the request.
ZBA member Treloar, noted that he did not object to the plan, pointing out that that it conformed to other lots in the neighborhood. However, Chairman Grillo pointed out that the board has been trying to have more lots get closer to compliance of the zoning that requires 30,000 square feet and 150 feet of frontage. He noted that htis plan creates two substandard sized lots. Backus agreed pointing out that the lot would have an odd shape to go along with being substandard. The applicants did have some history of the lot over the years, but the ZBA members sought some evidence that would show that ownership could show two lots prior to the zoning in 1953.
The board approved a request by Nelson Ribeiro of 75 Cortland Court who sought a variance to construct a detached garage waiving the side setback requirement. The site had 31,000 square feet and 166 feet of frontage, however the shape of the lot created a hardship and required the 24 X 24 foot garage be closer to the side line at six feet.
The board also approve the request by George and Kimberly Viveiros of 569 Locust Street who sought to rectify an encroachment problem with the home at 583 Locust Street, that had been addressed by a previously granted petition in October of 2012, but had not been recorded. Viveiros pointed out that the issue was that the abutting lot's deck and portion of the driveway are on his property. He has since purchased the 583 Locust Street property and has transferred some of the abutting property to his house lot in exchange for the land that part of the deck and driveway are on. That would clean up the paperwork in the event that he sold the 583 address. Board members Grillo and Treloar had taken part in the initial granting in 2012 and were prepared to approve it again and Backus agreed. The final hearing of the night was a request by Chris Simmons to raze an exiting dwelling and construct new single family dwelling and detached garage waiving frontage, area and setback requirements on an pre-existing on conforming lot at 72 Ocean View Avenue.
Simmons was present along with his engineer Robert Berube of ProLine Engineering. Berube explained that the lot has an existing home that is in disrepair. Simmons would like to replace it with a 48 X 26 home and 26 X 26 detached garage. Because of the slop of the land, the garage would have to be closer to the street at 15 feet and the sideline would of the home would go to nine feet. It is currently at eight feet.
The board approved the request recognizing the hardship.