Smart Growth for Vernon, CT
Day care, retail space approved for Talcottville Road

By Max Bakke
Journal Inquirer
Published: Friday, October 3, 2008 2:09 PM EDT

VERNON — The Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously granted approval to a local developer Thursday to build a day-care facility and 4,000 square feet of retail space next to Aldi, the 16,600-square-foot grocery store, which opened this week.

The commission granted several special permits to Boston Manchester LLC, which was represented by local lawyer Solomon Kerensky, for the retail space, day-care center, and off-street parking, during its meeting.

The 4,000-square-foot retail building and 8,400-square-foot day-care facility will become part of The Shoppes at Vernon Valley on Talcottville Road. The commission approved the construction of the nearby Aldi grocery store in June.

“It’s positive growth in an area that people have known has going to be used for commercial development for quite some time,” Mayor Jason McCoy said Friday. “This is a pretty responsible use of that property.”

He added, “That property in particular has been undeveloped for probably 25 years at least … that’s the kind of commercial base we need to increase our tax revenue.”

Both Town Planner Len Tundermann and Town Engineer Terry McCarthy told the commission Thursday that Boston Manchester LLC’s plans meet the town’s regulations and are satisfied with the application.

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