GREENWICH, CT – The Planning and Zoning Commission has approved a request for a change of use at 1340 E. Putnam Ave. so that PAWS of Greenwich can establish a dog grooming, day care, training and boarding facility with the sale of pet products.
The space, located in the LB area, has been vacant for about two years, noted attorney Chip Haslun, who represented owners Jessica DelGuercio and Brian Levinson before the panel. It is located next to a dry cleaning business and the Curry & Hurry restaurant.
“I think this is a huge need for the community. We have a lot of COVID puppies as I like to say, and having well-trained dogs in our town is very important. We have a lot of dogs and we don’t. no really great dog park. We need socialization for the animals, “DelGuercio told the committee.” It gives our dogs the opportunity to connect with other dogs to be well trained and learn the right ones. manners. I think it’s something that we can all agree is a good aspect for our community. “
The commission had questions regarding the limited number of 12 business parking spaces at 1340 E. Putnam Ave., and the potential for traffic and high volume problems at certain times of the day.
Haslun noted that the drop-off and pick-up of the dogs will go smoothly.
“We think this will work well as they have a keychain system plan where the dog would check in with that keychain and have scheduled drop-off times with people using a mobile app. “Haslun said. “They plan to be able to drop a dog or pick up a dog within 2-3 minutes of arriving at the site initially, and as customers become more familiar with the system, they think they can reduce it to a minute or so. about a minute and a half to swap the dog with its owner. They also do the pickup, and they anticipate that about half of their customers will want to use these services rather than drop the dog off. I would have the dog picked up instead and bring it back at the end of the day. ”
Haslun said there is flexibility with this type of use in that if there is a problem with the back-up car or people cannot find a place, the plans can be adjusted by scheduling return hours for each particular owner.
“There are adjustments that can be made if the commission finds that there are complaints or problems,” Haslun said.
The committee voted unanimously to approve the change in use of the old retail space, noting that the facility will not exceed the maximum of 45 dogs at a time. PAWS of Greenwich will provide one employee for every 10 dogs on site, or approximately five employees. Hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, with dog drop-off between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. and pick-up between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Overnight stays will be limited to six dogs and an employee must be present at all times during boarding stays.
In addition, grooming services will be done by appointment only. Applicant must provide curbside pickup service managed through a proprietary mobile device application.
Before obtaining a certificate of occupancy, the applicant will provide a copy of the state license required by the Department of Agriculture. Six months after opening, planning and zoning staff will assess whether the described parking procedures are working as intended. If it does not perform as expected, the requester will suggest actions to alleviate the difficulties of parking, drop-off and pick-up.
The chair of the committee, Margarita Alban, noted that if there is a change in the use of the space, the applicant will automatically appear before the committee. If a tenant in the building changes, the landlord will contact P&Z staff for an administrative review.
“There are only 12 parking spaces. That’s what worries us. If Curry & Hurry or the dry cleaning becomes anything else, you might have a problem,” she said.
Failure to show up for review would result in a violation of the site plan, noted Katie DeLuca, director of planning and zoning.
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