1. The Town Council approved a liquor and vicutaling license for Greenwich Bay Oyster Bar at 250 Main St.
Owner David Spaziano of Oceanside Enterprises told Patch that Custom House Coffee, which is successful in another community, just didn’t work in that location.
However he is excited about the new seafood restaurant and feels he has the right combination in the right location. His application included a menu with an extensive seafood offering as well as sandwiches and pizza.
There are still several state permits pending, but as soon as they are approved he plans to open the 50-seat facility.
2. Most of the rest of a brief Monday night council meeting was taken up with a request from David Iannuccilli for a rebate of $23,219 in impact fees paid for his Cottages on Greene housing project.
The council has reduced residential impact fees and eliminated them for affordable housing and Iannuccilli said the amount requested is how much less he would pay today. Since his project is ongoing he thought a refund was fair.
Councilor Jeffrey Cianciolo said that while he was supportive of business and of affordable housing the council was not legally bound to give back the money and given the economy he was not inclined to approve a refund.
With the rest of the council also reluctant Iannuccilli asked if they would at least refund what he had paid for the affordable housing units.
Planning Commission Chairman Brad Bishop, speaking from the audience, said that action would send a very strong signal to the state’s affordable housing community.
When the council continued to balk, Iannuccilli asked if they would at least forego the $3,580 on the one unsold affordable unit. That fee has not yet been paid since it is assessed until the unit gets a certificate of occupancy.
In response to a question building official Wayne Pimental said there are no other affordable housing unit projects which might make a similar request.
With that information the council voted a 3-2 approval.
3. In response to a discussion-only item, council members said if the state restores a school building construction grant from 35 percent to the original 40 percent, they would prefer the money be used to lower the tax rate for the next budget year.
The state is considering putting the rate back to 40 percent for several communities, including East Greenwich, after they protested that they had presented their numbers to the voters based on numbers provided by the state.