LENOX — The long-vacant former cafe creating at the entrance to the Lenox Commons mixed-use improvement on Pittsfield Street is likely back again on the market.
A plan by South Road Veterinary Services in Pittsfield to get it and relocate there, topic to zoning board approval, has been deserted devoid of rationalization.
In a quick letter to the Zoning Board of Appeals, attorney Jeffrey Lynch wrote that his shopper, Dr. Raymond Reiners, operator of the clinic on Route 7/20 north of the Lenox town line, has withdrawn his application for a particular permit.
Lynch explained to The Eagle there would be no comment from him or Reiners on the reasons for the application’s withdrawal.
Lenox bylaws do not point out veterinary solutions as a by-suitable use in the city, indicating zoning board action is demanded. Even so, the board quickly granted a allow to Dr. Sally Umlauf in Could 2013 to open up the Lenox Cat Clinic in a tiny strip mall off Pittsfield Highway, north of Holmes Street, in which it proceeds to work for feline customers.
In accordance to Eagle archives, a cats-only clinic experienced operated nearby on Pittsfield Highway involving 1997 and 2001 less than a variance granted by the ZBA.
Reiners’ exercise utilized to the board in August to buy the premises owned by hotelier Navin Shah’s BHG Team. The web page formerly housed Bobby Mac’s, Jae’s Asian Bistro, Bennigan’s and two other brief-lived eateries since the locally common Lenox House cafe shut in 2002 soon after a 37-12 months run.
Shah informed The Eagle he was “very disappointed and surprised” that the vet clinic undertaking experienced been withdrawn. “I have no notion why,” he claimed, incorporating that he experienced been holding the home, 55 Pittsfield Street Unit 2, for buy by veterinary services for almost a yr.
He strategies to set the constructing again on the sector with an asking price tag of $1.4 million.
The 7,200 square-foot commercial constructing, rebuilt in 2006, is owned by Shah independently from the relaxation of Lenox Commons.
The enhancement is made up of an antiques emporium, the On a Roll cafe, Chocolate Springs, a martial arts studio, hair salon, barber store, pet boutique, skilled workplaces and other retail institutions, as well as many health-related practices and clinics, together with Berkshire Clinical Center’s Lenox Loved ones Health and fitness.
At the back again of the internet site are the 41 Lenox Woods condominium models whose inhabitants are represented by a homeowners’ affiliation.
The ZBA experienced planned to overview the unique permit petition Sept. 1, but the hearing was postponed and then, previous week, withdrawn “without prejudice,” according to Lynch’s letter. That implies the software could be resubmitted.
The full-company follow, opened in Lenox by Dr. Andrew Breslin in 1976, moved to its current 864 South Road site in 1981. Breslin remains on the team.
The Lenox Commons area is in the town’s Gateway Combined Use Growth Overlay District in search of to “foster a increased chance for innovative advancement by offering guidelines which persuade a combine of works by using compatible with current and neighboring qualities.”
When the district’s bylaws prohibit an animal healthcare facility that delivers walk-in, 24-hour emergency treatment and right away stays, there is no provision in the town’s zoning bylaws both making it possible for or prohibiting a veterinary practice, which has described days and hours of procedure.
The Lenox Setting up Board experienced accredited the web-site approach for the vet clinic undertaking in August and wrote to the zoning board recommending its acceptance.
“After dialogue and investigation, the board determined that it thinks the use ‘veterinary clinic’ is very equivalent to the eligible use for ‘offices of doctors, dentists …’ and, as such, must be found as an qualified use within just the Gateway District,” the letter said. “We also imagine a veterinary clinic use is dependable with the Gateway’s intended applications.”