Instead of gassing up with 87 octane, motorists on Greenwich Avenue will be able to fuel up with Starbucks Coffee if the City Council approves Monday a rezoning for a parcel of land across from the Stop & Shop plaza on Greenwich Avenue.
Kelly Coates, president of Carpionato Group, that owns the land and will be doing the development, said Wednesday he views the Starbucks and Centreville Bank branch to be built as an “extension” of the Stop & Shop Plaza.
“There will be two small buildings,” Coates said. “It will be a great addition to the neighborhood.”
The property, the site of a restaurant for decades, has gone unused for at least 10 years. Coates said that Carpionato had plans to build a Stop & Shop service station on the land.
It was granted a special use permit by the Zoning Board of Review on Feb. 5, 2013.
“It was 100 percent permitted for a gas station, but I think this is a much better use,” he said.
Coates estimated each of the buildings at about 2,000 square feet. Access would be at the traffic signal for the Stop & Shop plaza. He placed development costs at $4 million.
The site is currently zoned for General Business and Residential A-7. Carpionato is seeking a zone change to General Business with waivers including, among other things, less than required front and corner side parking setbacks, required landscape buffer along frontage, parking spaces and width of loading space.
The Planning Board, which met May 8, granted Master Plan Approval of the major land development finding it was “generally consistent with the Comprehensive Community Plan.
The board further found “the project will not result in a significant negative environmental impact provided that it complies with the most current version of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management’s Stormwater Design and Installation Manual and is designed to demonstrate zero net runoff from the proposed development.”
The board also recommended that Carpionato work with affected neighbors to install fencing and landscaping to screen the residential uses.
Carpionato would also be called on to submit a traffic study and to “determine if there is an existing problem with cut-through traffic from Metro Center to Route 5.” If the study determines there is a problem with cut-through traffic, Carpionato is then to propose mitigation measures.
The public hearing for the project starts at 7 p.m. Monday night, or at whatever time committee meetings for the council conclude should they run past 7 p.m.