April 24, 2014 11:43AM
By Farrah Duffany
SOUTHINGTON — The Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved a special permit use application to transform nine of the 18 holes at Pine Valley Golf Course into a residential subdivision. It also at its meeting Tuesday night approved a site plan to renovate a former distribution warehouse on Spring Street into a bowling alley and restaurant.
Ninety-four lots would eliminate half of the holes at Pine Valley Golf Course on Welch Road. The subdivision is planned to be single-family homes priced from $470,000 to $600,000. It could take up to five years to complete. Plans for the development, proposed by Lovely Development Inc., include keeping 70 acres of the 138-acre property for open space.
Residents were concerned during the public hearing on Nov. 6 that there would be a lot of construction traffic on West Pines Drive. After hearing some complaints, David Lavallee, the acting town planner, said the applicant “reached out to some of the neighboring properties” and decided to use an alternate entrance for construction traffic.
“I’m delighted the applicant had the opportunity to reach out to some of the residents,” said Michael DelSanto, the chairman of the commission.
Commission members were excited about the development.
“I think this is a win all around,” said Paul Chaplinsky, the vice chairman of the commission. “I think the developers put together a good plan.”
“I’m looking forward to seeing this project come to fruition,” DelSanto said.
The commission also passed a site plan for a former 30,000-square-foot warehouse located on 2.29 acres of land on 240 Spring St. to be transformed into a bowling alley with 19 bowling lanes, a few indoor Bocce courts, a restaurant, outdoor seating, and areas to host events or parties. The warehouse was built in 1972 and is owned by Donald Millard. It has been vacant for years.
Stephen Giudice, owner of the Harry E. Cole & Son engineering firm representing Millard, said they addressed comments from the commission.
The commission unanimously approved the site plan.