SOUTHINGTON — Pleasant View Stables, adjacent to DePaolo Middle School, recently agreed to sell its 7.6 acres to the town for $935,000.
The property at 427 Pleasant St. includes five, one-story barns with stables, equipment and other items along with a two-story, four-bedroom house and fenced areas for horses to roam. The Town Council unanimously agreed to the purchase during its meeting Monday night.
“They are buying it first and foremost to preserve open space,” Town Manager Garry Brumback said. “In addition to that there are needs the school system has and potentially the town has that are yet to be determined.”
The town has been in talks with Pleasant View Stables for several years and was hoping to acquire the property sooner to potentially expand DePaolo Middle School. The town’s two middle schools are currently undergoing $89.7 million in renovations.
“We couldn’t reach an agreement,” Brumback said of efforts to buy the property before the school project began.
The property is owned by Anthony Faryniarz. His son, Paul Faryniarz, said his family decided to sell because of financial and family difficulties. Paul Faryniarz said his father has dementia and the manual labor is too much for him to keep up with.
“We’re behind on bills,” Faryniarz said.
A lot of the barns and other small buildings on the property are old, falling apart, or need repair.
Pleasant View Stables rents stable space for people to keep horses. Currently they have two mini ponies, a mule, and five horses. Clients are from Southington, Waterbury, and Kensington. In the late 1970s, Faryniarz said they used to take care of about 28 horses. Since then, business has declined. He has been slowly selling machinery and other equipment and plans to have it all sold before the sale is finalized.
Faryniarz said the farm has been in the family for generations. He remembered milking the cows as a boy when his family ran a dairy farm on the land. In 1977, the family closed the dairy farm and started renting stables to horse owners. When he was a boy, the family owned about 44 acres of land. All but the remaining 7.6 acres was sold for residential development in the 1980s and 90s.
“That’s a great property that we just purchased for the town for open space,” said Cheryl Lounsbury, Town Council vice chairwoman. “We’ve got some land for the school to grow if we have to.”
Councilor Dawn Miceli said she favored the purchase because it is near DePaolo and the high school.
“I’m glad it’s coming to fruition,” Miceli said. “I think it’s going to have huge educational benefit.”
As Faryniarz was taking care of a few horses and the barn cat on Wednesday afternoon, he reminisced. He has been helping his father with the farm since he was young. Faryniarz is now 53.
“I’m so used to being here, it’s like my home,” Faryniarz said.
Town Attorney Mark Sciota will be negotiating a contract for the purchase and a public hearing is set for the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting on May 27.