Smithfield planners schedule Grange work session for May 24

Published 5:48 pm Friday, May 12, 2023

Smithfield’s Planning Commission will continue its discussion of the proposed Grange at 10Main development at a May 24 work session.

The commissioners held a May 9 public hearing on the matter, but postponed voting on the requested rezoning and special use permits until at least June.

Grange developer Joseph Luter IV, the son of former Smithfield Foods Chairman Joseph Luter III, filed an application in December seeking mixed-use zoning for the development, which is 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 at the western edge of the town’s historic district into 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.

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Under state law, the planners have until July 20 to make a formal recommendation to Smithfield’s Town Council. If no vote is taken by that date, the application will go to the council with an automatic recommendation for approval.

The May 24 meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in The Smithfield Center, and will be open to the public. The meeting will not include a public comment segment.