The Zoning Board of Appeals denied the requested height variance for “the little white house” on Caldwell Road last night by a 4-2 vote. While ZBA members and public speakers generally welcomed a new restaurant by chef Scott Serpas, the applicant could not demonstrate a hardship that warranted a height variance. Many area residents also voiced concern about parking on nearby residential streets and traffic congestion.
In the BPCA’s view, this site should be redeveloped with the surrounding properties as part of a cohesive, mixed-use development in accord with the LCI vision. There has been at least one effort to assemble that block already and it looks like it will happen in the near future.
In the meantime, the “little white house” can continue to serve as an office for small business per its current use.