Bricks & Barley gets zoning OK for outdoor events in Shelton

Bricks & Barley Tavern in downtown Shelton has received zoning permission to hold three outdoor events on an adjacent parcel this fall.

The Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) has unanimously approved allowing the new bar and restaurant to host the events on three Saturday nights — Sept. 27, and Oct. 11 and 25.

They will take place on the vacant lot and the side section of Bridge Street next to Bricks & Barley. This land — including the side street, which technically is no longer a public road — is owned by developer Angelo Melisi, who hopes to eventually build a residential and retail building on the site.

For now, some concrete barriers and fencing will be used to close off the side section of Bridge Street. Plantings, such as large flower pots, could also be used as barriers in the area.

Chris Jones, one of the owners of Bricks & Barley (legally known as Bridge Street Partners LLC), said the establishment would work with Melisi to properly prepare the site.

Vacant lot may be regraded

This likely will involve some leveling off of the vacant lot and working with police officials to make sure the side section of Bridge Street is properly closed off from a public safety perspective.

It was expected that a total of three or four barriers would be needed to block parts of the side road from the Howe Avenue and West Canal Street sides. Since the P&Z meeting where approval was granted, three round concrete barriers have been put in place on the Howe Avenue side.

Outdoor music

The three events will feature live music outdoors from 6 to 10 p.m., although that time may be adjusted to slightly later. Outdoor activities can continue until the bar’s closing time at 2 a.m. on a Saturday night (technically, Sunday morning), but the music must stop at an earlier time.

Tables, chairs and possibly tents are expected to be placed outside for customers.

One of the events could have an Octoberfest theme while another might be a Halloween celebration, Jones told the P&Z.

When asked about parking, Jones said he plans to encourage patrons to use the large public parking lot near the Shelton Farmers’ Market, on the other side of Center Street, and then walk to Bricks & Barley. “It’s a big lot,” he said.

P&Z members have made positive comments about the outdoor events helping to enliven the central business district.

“You need these kind of events to bring people in,” said P&Z member Nancy Dickal. She said they might draw people from the newer residential developments on nearby Canal Street — the Birmingham condos and Avalon apartments.