Plans for Vernon's Talcott Mill, Rockville Friendly's Up For Discussion

A new idea for the old mill and former restaurant facility, along with a proposed canine outdoor play area, will be considered during Thursday's Vernon planning commission meeting.

Thursday night could be a busy one for members of the town's Planning and Zoning Commission.

Plans to revitalize the old Rockville Friendly's and the Talcott Mill property, along with create an outdoor play area associated with a local pet grooming business are all up for consideration.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Town Hall.

Commisson members are expected to hear from the public on an application submitted by Giovanna Izzo, owner of Antonio's Italian Pizzeria in Rockville, for a special permit to convert the old Friendly's restaurant Union Street into a church.

That hearing will be followed by one scheduled for an application submitted by Fancy Feet Pet Grooming at 593-601 Talcottville Rd. to modify a special permit so its owners can build an outdoor animal play area for its doggie day care service.

The commission will also review plans submitted by Alfred Pedemonti to convert the old Talcott Mill building at 47 Main St. into 84 residential units.

Dee brock July 31, 2012 at 12:04 PM
What ever happened to the Roosevelt mills property. Is it ever going to be done. Looks pretty awful. A real eyesore.
meowkats4 July 31, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Roosevelt Mills is tied up with owner issues!!! What about the others???? What about Amerbelle?? Blockbuster? The other empty store fronts around town? Like Adams Supermarket, and the list goes on....
Danno July 31, 2012 at 01:51 PM
The old Friendly's will be a Church?? Very odd.......is that written correctly?
Danno July 31, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Kathy, the other "what abouts" you have are all related to coercing new businesses to open in Vernon. If there is a business you want to see in town, write to them. Call the towns economic development coordinator and let him know you want the town to pursue a specific business. All the citizens should be trying to push businesses into town. I write to restaurant chains all the time to let them know that Vernon has an interest in them. Eventually, someone is going to take the bait. The more people and the more businesses that are contacted, the better chance we have at building our town and filling vacant buildings. Tax payers complain about all the empty buildings. I ask, what are you doing to help you community in filling those empty slots? I may not have had success yet but at least I can say I have tried and will continue to try.
Bert July 31, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Danno - you are right on! If there are any businesses out there who like people who grouse and complain a lot, then come to Vernon! Does anyone mention when a new business comes to town like Aldi's and Tractor Suppply? No, but they keep harping on all the negatives. What Vernon really needs, aside from a better attitude, is developers. It will take a developer and their money to revitilize Vernon. We don't need any more small retail entities in the center who will rely on foot traffic that isn't there. We need someone to take over the buildings and turn them into doctor's offices,medical related services, legal offices and business offices that will enhance the Hospital, Courts and Government buildings that are already there. Throw in a beauty shop, barber shop and a few nice coffee/lunch shops,(with Wi/FI) etc, and we might start to thrive. Then we could attract some higher end apartments and condos. Vernon needs to change their focus and their attitude too. I would be cautious about 82 new apartments. The last thing we need is more low income housing. That would be the last nail in the coffin. And while we are on the subject of Economic Development, let's have some of those democrat council people give Shaun Gately his due. He has been steadily chipping away at the problem and has made some impressive progress. It's time to recognize his contribution to Vernon. It is time to say, "Sorry we dragged you through the mud before we even knew you!"
meowkats4 July 31, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Thank you Danno- I will do the same, I think it would be great to contact some businesses and let them know we are citizens of a town/community that would like them in our TOWN. However, our Town officials need to give up more information what is going on here! Sometimes it is very frustrating getting little bits of information I will try and contact the Cheese Cake Factory and Chick-Fil-A!!
LaFrance July 31, 2012 at 05:57 PM
A hungry Commercial Real Estate firm will do all of the legwork and make the right contacts to bring in business (even national chains - that require traffic studies and demographics). Anyone know of one?
Bert August 01, 2012 at 03:36 AM
Kathy: That is what our Economic Development Commission and our Economic Development Director do. If you want more information as to what they are doing, you can just call Shaun Gately or attend a meeting of the Commission. There are conversations going on all the time but you cannot expect to see them in the newspaper until agreements have been reached.
meowkats4 August 01, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Bert and Danno: Lot to be considered here gong to the Economic Development Commision/Shaun Gately!!! We all know it's not easy for a company now a days to move right in!!! Second our dear Governor is offering TAX CUTS to big Corporations to move here and some other package deal for some Companies to stay here. Now back at the smaller group of government the TOWN! What does the town offer lets say The Cheese Cake Factory to open up here in town! Do we tell them where to locate (that is if we want to occupy some of these buildings just standing around empty)! We all know these chains have their own style of buildings that conform to their standards, You guys are having me head into the RED TAPE of Government here!!! Shaun Gately's team has their regulations and hoops they follow or make. My idea is: If we build it they will COME!!! (I have some ideas regarding use of the empty mills with many stores and shops in them along with indoor farmer markets year round - with lots of free parking too) If that idea does work I have a few more.....
Bert August 01, 2012 at 09:10 PM
KATHY: I don't think that you understand how these large companies operate. That's why I suggest that you speak with some of the Economic Development professionals. The Cheesecake Factory is not going to invest in a new location without a great deal of market research. There is a lot more to filling an empty building than you think. And where do you suggest the money will come from for an "If you build it they will come" project? Have you got an extra few million to invest?
meowkats4 August 02, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Bert- I just took the Cheese Cake Factory as an example! (You say) I do know how large companies operate. For profit, that is what capitalism is all about in this country. (You say) Filling an empty building is a lot more than I think it's about. Yes it probably is according to the regulations and restrictions put upon us by laws! Money to invest millions on projects, yep I know the loopholes and hoops some people have to go through to invest and the project is still at a stand still. We can argue back and forth on these issues and the regulations and loop holes will remain. So much that goes on when someone just wants to open up a business in their very town. Yet we see the waste of tax dollars being spent so foolishly, and the greed. I have worked for many years in "Corporate", "Non-Profits", and the "Public Sector", you sure learn the big difference between them very well. Reading back on your post above Bert you mention big developers to come to Vernon. Have you ever asked why big Corporations do not come East of the River beyond East Hartford, very few are here, but not like in Bloomfield, or Simsbury!
Bert August 02, 2012 at 07:21 PM
I give up!
Carol Hall August 02, 2012 at 10:44 PM
The old Friendly's a church?...How will that help our tax base?...Definitely no more apartments...Matter of fact, I wish Vernon would consider purchasing multi-family housing and building single family dwellings in their place...Vernon should also court businesses like COSTCO, Whole Foods, Stew Leonard's, etc.
Kat hartley February 01, 2013 at 07:35 PM
Im interested in opening a small restaurant where friendlys was. Hows that sound? I always visited that friendlys and i dont even live here in this town. I do like that building.....give me feedback.


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