Manchester Country Club to add space for outdoor banquet tent

Skyler Frazer, Journal Inquirer, Manchester, Conn.
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May 4—MANCHESTER — The Manchester Country Club will be installing a concrete slab as a permanent base for its seasonal outdoor banquet tent, which saw great use over the last year during the COVID-19 pandemic, officials said.

The Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday unanimously approved a special exception modification to allow the permanent use of a seasonal outdoor banquet tent at the country club and allow the construction of 35-foot-by-95-foot concrete slab as a surface for tent.

According to the application sent to the town from engineering firm Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, the banquet tent was originally approved as a temporary setup for outdoor dining and events after the novel coronavirus began to spread. After a successful year of using the tent as an outdoor dining structure, club leadership wants to continue to use the banquet tent permanently, on a seasonal schedule.

Stephen O'Neill from Vanasse Hangen Brustlin wrote that the new concrete surface will provide a handicapped-accessible surface for the banquet tent.

The concrete pad is proposed to be at the same location as the tent was last year — about 50 feet south of the clubhouse and 200 feet west of the Globe Hollow Reservoir.

In other action Monday also related to COVID-19, the commission extended a resolution that has temporarily waived the enforcement of certain zoning regulations related to outdoor dining since last May.

The commission initially approved the resolution last year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to allow for restaurants to serve food outside in places they might not usually be allowed to. The resolution allows for "flexibility" in accommodating these outdoor dining options, Senior Planner Megan Pilla explained.

The governor has made similar moves at the state level, so the Planning and Zoning Commission's move was essentially reaffirming its support for the resolution.

That resolution was set to expire Oct. 31, so the commission Monday unanimously voted to extend it to March 31, 2022.

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