Second restaurant approved for new Salem plaza
Last year, the board approved the site plan for a three building plaza at 389 Main St. that includes a bank, a CVS pharmacy, and a third building.
The remaining retail space was going to be used for a convenience store, but that store will be smaller than initially planned, said Mark Gross of MHF Design.
“The other issue that came up with the change of use, especially with two restaurants, is the requirement for parking,” said Gross.
However, a single restaurant requires a minimum of 25 spaces, meaning the Subway and the frozen yogurt shop would require 50 total parking spaces under the zoning ordinance.
Planning board member Paul Pelletier said he believes there is ample parking for all the businesses either already opening or proposed for the plaza.
Salem Planning Director Ross Moldoff said the possibility of additional outside seating could be handled through the conditional use permit.
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