SOUTHINGTON — Complaints about loud music put a brewery’s patio liquor permit in jeopardy after a Hartford Marathon Foundation event last month.
Town zoning officials said that Kinsman Brewing can continue using the patio, but added they plan to closely monitor the situation.
A complaint about loud music was filed a few days after the March 9 O’Shenanigans 5K, a local race organized by the Hartford Marathon Foundation. The town’s zoning enforcement officer, Matthew Reimondo, said outdoor music violates the brewery’s approval for patio liquor service and that the event had no special permit for music.
The Zoning Board of Appeals voted unanimously recently to allow the brewery to continue using the patio.
“We’ve directed the property owner, if you have these events you need to get a specific permit for each event,” Reimondo said.
Greg Caucci, one of the brewery’s owners, said there was miscommunication with the marathon foundation over permits. He intends to continue working with the foundation on the O’Shenanigans race.
“We want to make sure we’re continuing to be good neighbors to everybody who lives around us,” he said.
Elizabeth Cowles Johson, a public relations representative for the race, agreed there was miscommunication about outdoor music.
“We were not aware of any stipulations or variances required to play music, but will ensure in the future to take responsibility and seek those additional permissions in advance,” she said Friday.
Zoning appeals board Chairman Joseph LaPorte said the town would be scrutinizing any future noise complaints about Kinsman. He said about a half-dozen area residents showed up at a recent meeting to complain about noise from the brewery.
“I understand the neighbors. If I was a neighbor, I would say something, too,” LaPorte said. “I let them vent. They got to say what they had to say; it took quite a while.”
While the board did vote in favor of allowing the brewery to resume patio operations, LaPorte said its owners now understand that they have to keep things under control, particularly during large events.
“They’ve got to calm down and they have to go through the right channels,” he said. “The biggest problem is they had an event there and they sort of lost control of what went on there.”
Kinsmen Brewing is in the former Clark Brothers Bolt Co. factory building on Canal Street. The brewery’s patio is right off the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail and a few hundred feet away from homes on Jennifer Lynn Drive.
Rajan Govandaswamy, who lives on Jennifer Lynn Drive, said the noise is sometimes a bother to him and his wife, but that he’s never complained to the town.
“It’s not a big problem,” Govandaswamy said.
Some nights he and his wife, who works late hours, hear voices from the patio or music. It’s busier on the weekends. The couple has lived there for 10 years.
“During the day, it’s not a problem,” Govandaswamy said.
His next-door neighbor, whose house is adjacent to the trail, said the noise isn’t a problem.
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