Town and Trust Settle Grange Hall Dustup
A dispute over events held at the Vineyard Preservation Trust’s Grange Hall was put to bed Thursday when the West Tisbury zoning board of appeals granted a special permit to the nonprofit.
The board voted 4-1 in favor of approving the permit, allowing the trust to continue holding events as planned.
Town officials had previously raised concerns over the frequency of events held at the hall, saying the addition of regular events from Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival last summer was an expansion of the trust’s use of the property and required a special permit. The trust disagreed and filed a lawsuit against the board in October.
After the zoning board of appeals decision this week, trust executive director Nevette Previd said the organization plans to dismiss the suit, following the obligatory appeals process following a special permit approval.
“We were pleased to work with the town, and we were pleased with how it went,” she said.