Sandwich ZBA Decides in Favor of Heritage Zipline

Ellen Spears, CEO of Heritage Museums and Gardens, explains the museum's educational mission to the Sandwich Zoning Board of Appeals.

Ellen Spears, CEO of Heritage Museums and Gardens, explains the museum’s educational mission to the Sandwich Zoning Board of Appeals.

SANDWICH – Neighbors who are opponents of the Heritage Museums and Gardens project to build a zip line came out in force before the Sandwich Zoning Board of Appeals last night to try to stop the project.

But the board of appeals sided with Heritage and voted to deny the appeal of the building permit issued by Sandwich Building Inspector Paul Spiro.

Neighbors say the zip line attraction does not fit into the character of the historic area and will bring more traffic. They also say the zip line will be run by a for profit company that will lease the land from Heritage.

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About 75 people were in the room for the standing room only meeting. After presentations on both sides of the issue, the board of appeals voted to close the hearing and take the matter under advisement.

After most of the neighbors opposed to the zip line had left the room, board of appeals members brought the issue back up and within a few minutes had taken a vote to support the building commissioner’s decision to issue the building permit.

The neighbors say they will appeal the decision.