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RICHMOND - The town council has approved funds for the zoning board to hire an acoustical engineer to assist in conducting a sound test at 87 Kingstown Road, a site that could potentially host an outdoor gun club and shooting range.
The zoning board is in the process of hearing professional testimonies and public comment in order to decide whether to grant a special use permit for the property.
The applicant, Tom Mirza, of 273 Lenox St., Norwood, Mass., is seeking the permit in order to build the Gentlemanâ€™s Gun Club on the property known as the old Foxwood Country Club. The issue was first proposed to the planning board on Oct. 11, and was passed on to the zoning board with some recommendations. The zoning boardâ€™s first public meeting on the issue was on Oct. 24.
At the zoning boardâ€™s most recent meeting, Nov. 14, it was expected that the board would set the parameters and a date for a sound test to be conducted at the property.
â€śWe wonâ€™t be satisfied until we see the results of that test,â€ť said Larry Valencia, zoning board member and state representative (D-39).
However, it was determined at that meeting that the zoning board would not schedule the test until a town-appointed engineer asks specific questions of the applicant and can assist in laying out the specifics of the test.
A town council meeting was held the following night, Nov. 15, and Zoning Board Chair Vincent Rinaldi was on hand to explain to the council why the board needed to hire an acoustical engineer.
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