The two lofts—along Bank Street at the rear of 321 Northampton St.—would serve as " “something in the nature of incubators” for up-and-coming artists, said Daniel Cohen, attorney for property owner Richard Rosati.
Rosati, who owns Colonial Pizza and its soon-to-open coal-fired cousin in Lehn's Court, said he'd already been approached by a few people about using the space, the former home of the Easton Clayworks.
The board gave the transition from commercial to mixed-use unanimous approval, but with some stipulations: The spaces couldn't house hazardous materials "except those usually utilized by the artist."
Also Monday, the board approved a request by the J&E Insurance Agency to install a new front door at its property at 635 Northampton St. The family-owned firm currently lets customers in through the business next door.