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Vernon planners to take up plans for new Hartford Turnpike building

By John Kennedy
Journal Inquirer
Published: Friday, December 7, 2012 11:45 AM EST

VERNON — Planning and Zoning Commission members will consider plans for a commercial building on a vacant lot on Hartford Turnpike when it meets later this month.

The project was to have faced a public hearing Thursday, but the meeting was canceled. PZC Chairman Chester W. Morgan said today it is likely the hearing would be rescheduled for Dec. 20.

Developer Peter D’Addeo, who is doing business as Commercial Services Realty from Rocky Hill, submitted the application for the project at 444 Hartford Turnpike. The property is currently owned by 444 Hartford Turnpike LLC., represented by managing member Maria Pacheco, of South Dartmouth, Mass.

D’Addeo’s project summary indicates plans for an 8,200-square-foot mixed-use, multi-tenant commercial building with parking. He has applied for a special permit for a parking lot consisting of more than 40 spaces, as well as a special permit for a drive-through and message board.

The site plan shows two drive-through windows: one for a coffee shop and one for a financial institution.

The plan was developed by Life Earth Air Friendly Design of West Hartford. While it is only a preliminary design, it lays out floor plans for a credit union, a sandwich shop, retail and office space and a doughnut shop.

The plan shows the 75-by-110-foot building book ended by the credit union and doughnut shop, each with its own drive-through window.

Both are proposed as 1,800-square-foot areas, though the doughnut shop would have only 682 square feet for public use. There also would be a 1,500-square-foot mezzanine and office level above the doughnut shop.

Moving east, the 1,500-square-foot sandwich shop, 702 square feet of it for the public, is planned next to the credit union. Adjacent to that is a proposed 1,950 square feet of retail space, and 1,200 square feet of office space.

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