A proposal to have a commercial firearms repair and retail store in the former Fayette fire station got the green light from the town’s Board of Appeals at a hearing Monday night.

The Appeals Board voted 4-0 to deny an appeal that had been filed by Jeannette Kassel, owner of a nearby property.

She had cited concerns about public safety and land values with regard to the plans by Christopher Leighton, of Readfield, and his son Brian Leighton, of Boston, to open a shop dealing in “gun repair/sales store and other recreational equipment” at 1913 Main St., property owned by LeeAnn and Archie Miller, who also own the Fayette Country Store.

Kassel appealed the permit granted 4-0 by the Planning Board, and several Planning Board members responded to questions during the appeal hearing.

Fayette Town Manager Mark Robinson said four Appeals Board members were at the hearing — Dr. William Rogers, who was elected chairman; Gerald Mitchell; and two newly appointed members, Stephen Gould and Judith Schneider. Member Paula Thomson was unable to attend the hearing.

“They found no fault with the Planning Board’s approval process,” Robinson said on Thursday.


Robinson said about 50 people attended the appeals hearing, which lasted about 75 minutes.

He said several members of the public spoke in favor of the appeal, as did Kassel.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

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