The Planning & Zoning Commission at its most recent meeting approved the use of a commercial space on Forest Street for an established local business.
CombineX Fitness of Pine Street is rebranding as “House of Telos” and plans to move to the rear portion of the commercial space at 21 Forest St., previously occupied by Pet Valu, according to Brock Saxe, representing the applicant.
House of Telos will “offer small group training and other wellness movement services, Pilates reformer, an acupuncturist and a sports therapy massage,” Saxe told P&Z during its June 28 meeting, held at Town Hall and via videoconference.
The business is owned and operated by Rebecca Kimball, a 2004 New Canaan High School graduate (podcast here).
Under the New Canaan Zoning Regulations, site plan approval from P&Z is required for several uses in the Retail B Zone, including personal service establishments (see page 76).
The approximately 4,300-square-foot space in the former Pet Valu will be divided, with a future retail business in the front 1,800 square feet and House of Telos in the rear 2,500 square feet, Saxe said.
Commissioners asked how parking would be divided (of the 21 spaces set aside for the entire area, House of Telos will use about 16), whether there are disabled spaces (yes), whether clients of House of Telos will enter the building from the rear (yes) and where signage will be located (on the driveway entrance wall where there currently is signage about parking).
P&Z Chair John Goodwin, Secretary Krista Neilson and members Kent Turner, Dick Ward, John Kriz, Claire Tiscornia, John Engel, James Basch and Paul Knag voted in favor of the application. Commissioners Dan Radman, Arthur Casavant and Chris Hering were absent.