Commission approves modifications to plan

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NAUGATUCK — The Zoning Commission gave a green light last week to several changes to a plan to build a gas station and convenience store at 42-46 Prospect St., where Vinny’s Restaurant and Pizza is now.

The site has been up for review and approval three times in the past three or four years, according to Brian Plourde of GR Engineering in Thomaston, speaking on behalf of the applicants, brothers Remzi and Vesel Nasufi.

The commission originally approved the plan in 2014.

The changes shrink the building from 4,500 square feet to 3,000 square feet and reconfigure the parking to better suit the building, Plourde said.

The changes also include grading and other minor modifications.

A retaining wall in the back of the building with large decorative concrete blocks will remain as originally approved, but it will no longer abut the state Department of Transportation’s retaining wall next door.

“Aesthetically, it’s going to look nice,” Plourde said.

The original plan included a Dunkin’ Donuts. It was unclear if that was still part of the plan.

The brothers plan to tear down a multifamily home and their restaurant to make way for the new building. Over the summer, the commission approved a change of use application to allow the Remzi and Vesel Nasufi to move the restaurant into the former DeCarlo’s Thrifty Cleaners and Formal Wear at 535 South Main St.