Visions for Vacancies: What's the Deal With the Old Dealership?

What should go on the old Clyde Chevy property?

Vernon Patch loves your input. So, in a column called Visions for Vacancies, we present a vacant building and ask you to tell us what you think would be the best use for it.

This week's entry is the large commercial lot on Route 83.

The old Clyde Chevrolet dealership.

It's hard the believe it was two winters ago now, when so much snow accumulated on the roof that it just gave way above the service area.

So now it sits, waiting for something to occupy it.

Yes, we have zoning regulations, but put all of that aside for now and concentrate on what you would like to see there or what would be the best use for the community. Tell us in the comments.

About this column: About this column: In highlighting vacant buildings in Vernon, we are aiming to help residents take a proactive role in planning and building their community. We'll take your feedback to public officials and property owners. Know of a vacant building we should highlight? Tell us in the comments below, or e-mail Vernon Patch editor Chris Dehnel at chris.dehnel@patch.com.

David Greenier December 08, 2012 at 01:32 PM
I thought it would be great if the town acquired it, used the property to straighten out the "S" curve where the railroad trestle used to cross at Scranton's and cause Loveland Hill to match up with the traffic light at Windsorville Road. I realize that would be a major project but with state and federal assistance that could be come a very nice place for business and traffic flow. Just saying.
John Dolle December 08, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Applause is due to Mr. Greenier. He is absolutely correct regarding the match up suggestion. It could benefit the town as a whole. Relieving traffic challenges is a public safety issue and should be addressed to move the commerce forward.
Proud State Employee December 08, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Five Guys Burgers!!
David Greenier December 08, 2012 at 10:57 PM
... and put a Five Guys on the site at the newly constructed intersection: This would also eliminate one of the now three sets of tragic lights (who's bright idea was that?). Thank you John.
Corey Hanville December 09, 2012 at 04:36 AM
No Five Guys, there are a few of them already very close to Vernon (One in Enfield and one in West Hartford). I live on Lawler right before Skinner Rd and I would love to see a Golden Corral that is actually close to our area. It would greatly increase the amount of visitors to our town and increase revenue at many other businesses that would be associated with the travel. As of now the closest Golden Corral is on Boston Rd in Springfield which is a 50 min ride from us in Vernon though I see their advertising all over my television all the time. Golden Corral would bring more revenue than anything else. Think of how many places to eat that there are in the Vernon/Manchester area and not a single GC. Its an easy choice, fill the space with a Golden Corral so that we can all eat as much great food as we want for $11.
Vernon Taxpayer December 09, 2012 at 05:45 AM
The town acquiring real estate would remove the commercial property from the tax rolls. There would be no benefit to the town as far as taxes. I believe the topography and condos would cause a problem to construct the intersection also. There also does not seem to be many problems with the intersection, accidents etc.
ILOVEVERNON December 09, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Dave and Busters.
John Dolle December 09, 2012 at 03:52 PM
@Mr. Greenier. You are welcome and thank you for bringing you idea into the open. @ Vernon Taxpayer. You are correct regarding the commercial tax generating aspects. A view from above through Google Earth allows one with creative vision to see there is room to align the intersection for smoother traffic flow. Perhaps 2 commercial properties could be created from this harvested from this parcel.
Vernon Taxpayer December 09, 2012 at 08:15 PM
There are at least three other properties that would have to be considered in this project, possibly four if this new road would border close to the condos. There may be some give backs to the three mentioned properties to give them access to the public road. So there would be no gain of property it would decrease the size of the 3.21 acres. There would also be the issue of the topography of the land. An engineer would need to be consulted to see if the new road would even be a possibility; it appears it would be a significant drop down to the road below. These are just my observations of the suggestion and just something’s that may need to be thought-out.
Danno December 27, 2012 at 02:57 PM
I think that another dealership should go in its place. Bring Chevy back!! This is a great area for car dealerships. One stop shopping for all the American Brands. We already have GMC, Buick, Cadillac, and Ford; now we need to bring back Chevy!! A Wendy's or Five Guys could be built across the street where Scranton's has moved out their commercial truck division. Whats up with Kace Auto?? That building has been dead since Blonstein's Campers closed up shop.
Rich Silverstein January 18, 2013 at 01:55 PM
It might be too far from the highway for them but I'd love to see a Trader Joe's go there.
meowkats4 January 18, 2013 at 02:45 PM
I think we need to wait on this empty lot for now! Stop and Shop is building a gas station. I first want to see what traffic this will bring onto Route 83.


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