Good News for Historic Homes Near Grovers Flagpole

Good news for the Brewster/Grovers "gateway" circle:

340/344 Brewster Street will have a real facelift!  The Cottswold Cottage property has been purchased and will be restored according to Historic District restoration regulations.

For those of you who don't know the outcome of the zoning variances that permitted this resolution, the following:

This "landlocked" property, one of the largest remaining in our community, has now been re-zoned so the previously inaccessible back yard area will now be accessed by a landscaped drive.  This right-of-way will connect two new single-family lots to the Brewster entry.

While there are now 3 building lots where there was previously only one, the two new lots to the rear of the Cottage must also comply with Historic District regulations, streetscape, elevation, architectural and square foot constraints so that the entire property will finally become an asset to our community.

Carol Lyman is our new neighbor.  Welcome, Carol!   She's been granted approval by the Historic District Commission to restore the Cottswold Cottage where she intends to make her home.

As to the remaining two building lots to the rear of the Cottage:

These will be attractive, architecturally suitable building sites.  No construction can begin until the Cottage has been properly restored.  This is one of the strict requirements of the Letter of Agreement that Attorney Ray Rizio and your Black Rock NRZ (acting in our role as community advocates) facilitated with the property developer, Brewster Street Partners, LLC.  All future buildout, sale, remodeling and any structural work on any of the three lots must meet the terms of the Letter of Intent and be subject to review and regulation by the Historic District Commission.

So, with this agreement now in place, now "written in" to the zoning permits for now and future, we can all breathe a sigh of relief.  We're going to have a wonderful new asset for Black Rock that had been nothing but an eyesore for many years.

Thanks to all who gave so much or their time and effort, dedication and vision to achieving this outcome.

 

Gerry ManningGood news for the Brewster/Grovers "gateway" circle:

340/344 Brewster Street will have a real facelift!  The Cottswold Cottage property has been purchased and will be restored according to Historic District restoration regulations.

For those of you who don't know the outcome of the zoning variances that permitted this resolution, the following:

This "landlocked" property, one of the largest remaining in our community, has now been re-zoned so the previously inaccessible back yard area will now be accessed by a landscaped drive.  This right-of-way will connect two new single-family lots to the Brewster entry.

While there are now 3 building lots where there was previously only one, the two new lots to the rear of the Cottage must also comply with Historic District regulations, streetscape, elevation, architectural and square foot constraints so that the entire property will finally become an asset to our community.

Carol Lyman is our new neighbor.  Welcome, Carol!   She's been granted

approval by the Historic District Commission to restore the Cottswold Cottage where she intends to make her home.

As to the remaining two building lots to the rear of the Cottage:

These will be attractive, architecturally suitable building sites.  No construction can begin until the Cottage has been properly restored.  This is one of the strict requirements of the Letter of Agreement that Attorney Ray Rizio and your Black Rock NRZ (acting in our role as community advocates) facilitated with the property developer, Brewster Street Partners, LLC.  All future buildout, sale, remodeling and any structural work on any of the three lots must meet the terms of the Letter of Intent and be subject to review and regulation by the Historic District Commission.

So, with this agreement now in place, now "written in" to the zoning permits for now and future, we can all breathe a sigh of relief.  We're going to have a wonderful new asset for Black Rock that had been nothing but an eyesore for many years.

Thanks to all who gave so much or their time and effort, dedication and vision to achieving this outcome.

Gerry Manning

President, Black Rock NRZ