Bed and breakfast approved in Hollis

HOLLIS – A request for operating a bed and breakfast at 152 Broad St. was approved by the Hollis Planning Board at its April 15 meeting.

The property is still owned by Leslie O’Shaughnessy, who uses it as a residence and professional photography studio. Vivian and Robert Silva, of Nashua, have sought approval for running a bed and breakfast prior to actually purchasing the property. The Silvas plan to live in the main home initially, with a maximum of three guests allowed, and will move into the adjacent barn as their home following renovations.

They obtained a use variance and a special exception from the Zoning Board in December to allow for the creation of the business and were given two years to renovate and move into the barn. The house would then be used exclusively for the bed and breakfast operation.

Stipulations to the plan include limiting guest stays to a maximum of 30 days, with parking for up to five guest vehicles. There is ample parking in front of the site, with additional parking in the rear for the owner. The photography studio currently has a sign, and Silva said she would repaint it. The only additional lighting would be for foot traffic on walkways. Any future construction would require site plan approval, and if the property ceases to operate as a bed and breakfast, it will have to comply with zoning ordinances in effect at that time.

No abutters or other residents spoke at the public hearing, and the application was approved unanimously. According to town records, the deed to the property has not been transferred to the Silvas, and no date has been given for the anticipated opening of the business.