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.

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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