MVC concludes Tisbury Farm Market hearing


The Martha’s Vineyard Commission (MVC) wrapped up a public hearing Thursday night on a revised plan for the Tisbury Farm Market’s proposed expansion.

The MVC said it would keep the written record open until noon, February 16, for more comment. There was no public comment in opposition to the plan.

Commissioner Doug Sederholm, hearing chairman, kept the record open to allow time for MVC staff to prepare a memo in response to questions from commissioner Christina Brown of Edgartown. Ms. Brown wanted to know how traffic flow in and out of the new store’s parking lot would affect High Point Lane and State Road.

The site, the former Coca-Cola bottling plant and most recently a home furnishings store, is a stone’s throw from Cronig’s Market, one of the Island’s major supermarkets.

The MVC set no dates for a post-public hearing review by the Land Use Planning Committee or final decision.

Businessman Elio Silva asked the Martha’s Vineyard Commission (MVC) to revisit his plan to build a new building at 412 State Road in Tisbury to house a market and apartments. Mr. Silva now proposes to increase the size of his project by 8,000 square feet for a total size of 11,120 square feet.

Mr. Silva is the owner of Vineyard Grocer and the nearby Tisbury Farm Market, both on State Road. His plan is to consolidate both markets into one building that includes four one-bedroom apartments on the corner of State Road and High Point Lane.

The MVC reviewed the earlier version of his plan as a development of regional impact (DRI). The project won approval on May 5, 2011.

Mr. Silva submitted his revised plan to the MVC as a modification. Following a review of the proposed changes, at a meeting on January 19 the commissioners decided the modification was significant enough to require this week’s public hearing.