Smithfield Town Council meeting moved to May 8; Planning Commission’s ‘Grange’ hearing is May 9

Published 3:54 pm Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Smithfield’s Town Council, by unanimous vote in April, moved this month’s meeting a week later to May 8 due to scheduling conflicts among its seven members.

The Monday meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in The Smithfield Center. A meeting agenda has not been published.

A day after the Town Council meeting, Smithfield’s Planning Commission is set to hold its public hearing on the “Grange at 10Main” development proposed for the western edge of the town’s historic district.

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Grange developer Joseph Luter IV, son of former Smithfield Foods Chairman Joseph Luter III, appeared before the Planning Commission in April for his first official presentation on the development to the eight-member body.

Luter IV filed an application in December seeking mixed-use zoning for the Grange, named for its location at Route 10 and Main Street.

The elder Luter purchased and razed the former Little’s Supermarket and 1730s-era Pierceville farmhouse in 2020, proposing in 2021 to turn the nearly 57 acres not a development that would include a permanent home for the town’s farmers market, a hotel, three- and four-story apartment buildings, single-family and duplex homes and commercial space.