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BOARD APPROVES NEW BUILDING FOR VFW POST

Construction is expected to start soon for a building to house the Gordon W. Scott Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars at 3606 Straight Road.

The Town of Pomfret Zoning Board of Appeals granted the necessary special use permit at Thursday night's meeting.

The 26-by-40-foot building will replace a trailer on the site. The vinyl-sided building will blend in with the neighborhood.

The post, which is a fraternal organization, has 86 members, but only 10 to 12 come to the monthly meetings, Richard Burlett said. The building will be used for the meetings and for storage, he added.

About 15 people who live near the VFW site attended the meeting. Some said they are concerned about parties and loud noise.

"The members are in the 70s and 80s," Burlett replied. "We're not partygoers anymore."

Neighbors also expressed concern the facility might be turned into a social club and rented for weddings, parties and other gatherings, which they said might lower their property values, or that the membership might increase with the addition of younger people.

The board granted the permit with the stipulations that the post would not sell liquor or apply for a liquor license, not rent the property or building for parties, and that the only lights would be exterior motion detectors for security.

The neighbors seemed to be satisfied and did not comment on the stipulations. Chairman Joseph Carapella had asked for comments before the board voted on the stipulations.

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