PERTH - Town officials have approved the construction of a new wine and liquor store on the corner of McQueen Road and Route 30A.
Mark Kwiatowski owns the land at the corner and, according to County Senior Planner Sean Geraghty, Kwiatowski was told to stop because he had began construction without first going to the town.
"The foundation was in. They were already working on the structure," Geraghty said. "The code guy put a stop-work order on it and told him, 'Hey, you have to get a plan approval by the local Planning Board.'"
Ron Cetnar, chairman of the Planning Board, said Kwiatowski was only asked to stop because of regulations. Cetnar explained that there is a stream behind the property and Kwiatowski had to get clearance from the Department of Environmental Conservation before moving any further with the project.
Kwiatowski has since met the requirements and has been cleared to continue construction.
Cetnar said there used to be a liquor store in the town years before that was successful, but he isn't sure how this business is going to fare.
"It's going to be hit or miss," he said. "This is going to be a warehouse-type thing where he could lower prices. He could do well. That's up to the owner. If he's going to do well, I can't tell. I hope he does, because it's business for Perth and revenue for the county."