Hampden – The owners of McLaughlin’s at the Marina in Hampden are in the process of expansion, but that all came to a grinding halt about 2 weeks ago.
Owner Kimberly McLaughlin says when they purchased the restaurant 5 years ago they applied for, and were approved for building permits that included a second story patio for outdoor seating.
But on May 5th, after business hours, with construction already well underway, Hampden Code Enforcement Officer Myles Block came to the restaurant and served a stop work order notice.
Stating the deck may be structurally unsound and could not handle the weight.
Since then the McLaughlin’s haven’t been able to resume work because block went on vacation.
McLaughlin said “their approach was sneaky and i didn’t think i was doing anything wrong”.
Town Councilor Stephen Wilde added that he didn’t think town officials, just that the system that’s currently is filled with problems that need to be remedied.
Our calls to the Code Enforcement Officer were not returned. In addition, the Hampden Town Office is closed on Friday.