Middlebury supermarket review begins

MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Development Review Board on Monday took its first look at a preliminary proposal by local businessmen Tony Neri to resurrect a supermarket at the former Greg’s Meat Market property at 3 Elm St.
The panel listened to Neri’s pitch, which includes:
•  Relocating or razing the adjacent, 105-year-old building that houses Pool World — a business Neri would like to continue to accommodate as an on-site tenant or in another one of his rental properties.
•  Creating a larger, 50-space parking lot on the roughly 1-acre parcel. Neri also wants to maintain the handful of spaces fronting the Elm Street/Exchange Street intersection, spaces he’d like to reserve for disabled customers.
•  Establishing a new main entrance to the supermarket on the western side of the building (fronting the parking lot).
Neri wants to sign up a tenant to run the store.
Around a dozen citizens listened to Neri’s presentation. The DRB will reserve specific feedback until it completes its deliberations on Neri’s draft plan. That feedback will guide Neri in preparing a final application for the panel to review, according to Middlebury Town Planner Jennifer Murray.
The DRB is expected to revisit the Neri proposal at its Nov. 13 meeting.

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