CLAYTON — The town will soon have new places to dine, play and get fit.
The Clayton Planning Board last week backed three land-use requests. One would bring a Cleveland Draft House to the intersection of U.S. 70 Business and Shotwell Road. Another would turn the old Clayton Spinning Mill on Mill Street into a sports and fitness complex. The third would allow outdoor seating at Burger King on Bowling Street.
The planning board welcomed all three requests.
“We’ve seen a lot of excitement in the community about the draft house,” said town planner Emily Beddingfield. “I think it says a lot that Clayton is able to support a business like that.”
The Clayton version of the Cleveland Draft House will be next to Pep Boys, with the rear of the building easily visible to northbound traffic on Shotwell Road. That was a problem for planning board members, who feared the back of the building would be an eyesore.
The board told the restaurant that it will have to place an awning on the back of the building, just like on the sides. Also, it will have to hide exterior electrical work and vents.
The restaurant and sports bar, with more than 10,000 square feet, will have 70 beers on tap and a patio.
The planning board had no qualms with turning the former spinning mill into spaces for sports and fitness training. The former mill is currently zoned for office spaces.
Michael Hubbard and Steve Yauch own the former mill, built in 1898. They envision it becoming home to businesses that would offer gymnastics, yoga, fitness training anf the like. It could also play host to a clothing store and a restaurant with outdoor seating.
Hubbard and Yauch plan to preserve and highlight the historic aspects of the building, including opening up the 20-foot-tall windows that have been bricked over. They hope to start construction this year and have the building ready for tenants in 18 to 24 months .
Finally, the board approved outdoor seating at Burger King. The restaurant plans two tables for a total of eight seats.