STOW - A new business is coming to North Harmony.
On Tuesday night, North Harmony Planning Board met to discuss upcoming projects in the area.
The main order of business was the proposal by, Rico Chandra, co-owner of Reverie Creamery, to purchase and repurpose the old Barbara Berry's Bookshop building on Route 394. Chandra was seeking board approval for the site plan review necessary at the location because of the proposed change of use for the building. Although the planning board does not have specific regulations for creameries, the proposal fell under the board's retail guidelines.
Because the bookstore location was at one time a restaurant, the building has most of the necessities to accommodate a creamery. Chandra noted, "The location is ideal for a creamery ... and (the business) will fit with the local artisan businesses in the area." All proposed changes will be made to the interior of the building, leaving the exterior as is.
Along with making premium, specialty goat cheeses, Reverie plans to serve organic, local foods year-round by growing vegetables on the 4.7-acre lot behind the business and by partnering with local farms and wineries to provide fresh ingredients. Chandra also mentioned that although there are no local goat herds licensed to provide milk for the cheese, he hopes that in the future the entire process will be local. Currently, the creamery plans to purchase goat milk from a farm in Allegany County.
Chandra also mentioned that there are two types of Scandinavian cheeses which can be made from whey, a by-product of the cheese-making process, which he has considered producing in the future.
The planning board unanimously approved the Reverie Creamery proposal. The planning board, comprised of Walter Geist, Richard Johnson, Phil Strand, Louis Rieg, John Warner and Steve Senske, wished Chandra luck and welcomed him to the community.
The co-owner of Reverie Creamery, previously from Austin, Texas, has worked in telecommunications and began a nonprofit organization promoting music education in 2005, before recently relocating to Western New York.
A sketch plan review regarding the Carlton Homes project at Ashville Bay was scheduled to be discussed at the meeting but a representative from Carlton Homes was unable to attend.
The planning board meets the second Tuesday of each month and can be contacted at 789-3445.