Southington PZC postpones decision on new Wendy’s near movie theater 

Southington PZC postpones decision on new Wendy’s near movie theater 

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SOUTHINGTON — Disagreement over the placement of a proposed Wendy’s on Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike led the Planning and Zoning Commission to postpone a decision on the application Tuesday night.

The owners of the proposed fast-food restaurant want the building closer to the street than at least one commission member. The panel voted unanimously to postpone a vote and work on a compromise.

David Sacco, an engineer with TPA Design Group of New Haven, said the Wendy's is planned for the east side of the AMC movie theater entrance at 1799 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike.

He told commission members visibility is important to the owners, particularly since a building to the west partially blocks the street view of the proposed Wendy’s.

“They are very interested in maximizing the visibility of this,” Sacco said.

Paul Chaplinsky, commission vice chairman, said he’d like the building farther back. It’s proposed for about 73 feet from the street. That doesn’t match with other buildings in the area.

“I’d like to see the aesthetics of that area consistent,” Chaplinksy said. “Some harmony in that area would be nice.”

Sacco said his clients also wanted a building that looks good.

“This site is going to be extensively landscaped. They would like it to be as attractive as possible,” he said.

Town Planner Rob Philips told the commission he wasn’t recommending rejecting the application because of the proposed building’s distance from the street.

Chaplinsky suggested a postponement to find a solution.

“I want to see this thing go forward, I just don’t like the inconsistency,” he said.