WALLINGFORD — A music studio owner has received approval to open a new studio at a former East Center Street gas station.
The Planning and Zoning Commission this week approved Andre Tangredi’s application to convert the existing office space at 862 E. Center St. into a studio where he can teach music lessons.
He was granted the permit for a non-conforming use for the space, which is zoned residential, due the previous non-conforming use of the property. The property was formerly a gas station before being converted into office space.
Tangredi, a Wallingford resident, has been the sole teacher of drums, guitar, bass, piano and voice lessons at the Music Lab, 314 N. Colony Road, for three years. He said the studio has outgrown its current space.
“I’ve been making an effort to find a location that would better suit the students,” Tangredi said Monday.
He said the new space would provide ample parking for himself and his students, which he estimated would not exceed more than four cars at any time. The parking lot has enough space for 11 spots. His normal hours of operation are about 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Commissioners raised questions about the amount of sound the business would create in the residential neighborhood. Tangredi assured the commission that he does not expect there to be a noise issue and said he already has noise-reduction materials.
If need be, “we’ll do more,” Tangredi said at the meeting. “I definitely can make that very comfortable for anybody.”
Several commissioners voiced support for the application before voting in approval.
“I think with the history of that site, I think this less intense, less nonconformity certainly is consistent with the regulations,” commissioner James Fitzsimmons said.
Chairman Jim Seichter also expressed support in seeing the property transformed from “a bit of a derelict property” to now a “very attractive property.”
Town Planner Kacie Hand said the site plan is very similar to the office plan and only a few minor items needed to be addressed.
The property is owned by Alberta Management, Inc. and is 1,746 square feet, according to Hand. She said Tangredi will occupy the entire space.
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