CHESHIRE — The town’s only 7-Eleven closed last week and will be torn down as part of a medical office building development on South Main Street.
Representatives of Cheshire Medical Associates presented their initial plans for a 41,000 square-foot building to the Planning and Zoning Commission last month. Builders want to modify the plan to include an imaging center in what was a garage on the ground floor.
The group is buying the adjacent 7-Eleven property to use as parking, according to Town Planner William Voelker. According to town records, the land is still owned by 7-Eleven Inc.
Some residents bemoaned the loss of the convenience store in the center of town.
Jim Maiorana said he was a regular at one of the few town stores open late. He didn’t understand why there were so many medical buildings in Cheshire and didn’t like to see so much development in town.
“I call it New York City now,” he said.
Philip Doyle, representing the medical building group before the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, said they studied other buildings in Cheshire's central district before designing their office building. The roof peaks and other features were intended to emulate others, such as Town Hall.
Doyle said “one of the major (hospital) groups” will bring in different practices and doctors. A commissioner asked if it was Yale's hospital group.
“We cannot say that,” Doyle said. He said the partners doing the development completed many similar medical office buildings around the state.