A plan is in the works to turn the Route 6 Tap House building (formerly the site of Lantern Pub) into a series of retail stores and small eateries, as well as office space.
John Karell Jr., a Patterson-based engineer working for the applicants, recently went before the Planning Board to lay out an amended site plan, which calls for a 42-seat, high-turnover sit-down restaurant, a Carvel ice cream parlor, a cell phone store, a coffee shop and bakery and a fried-chicken (takeout only) store. Office space would be created on the building’s second floor.

Several variances would be needed for the project, a number of them regarding the parking lot and its aisle widths, as well as an easement for a part of the property that’s owned by the Mahopac School District. Permits are also needed from several agencies, including the state Department of Transportation (DOT), New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the county Department of Health.

Karell said a traffic study analyzing the traffic impact the new retail center would have on the area is being forwarded to the DOT for review and comment.
The second floor would be a 1,000-square-foot office, Karell told the board.  The coffee shop/bakery would not be a “restaurant” but would be classified as “retail use without seats.”

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