Reality Of Big Boxes
In “A Kinder, Gentler Big Box?” [July 23, Place Section], columnist Tom Condon asks, “Can a big box be part of an appealing mixed-use development?” There are two answers: a theoretical “maybe”, but a realistic “no.”
If warning bells are clanging in
It is not smart growth to co-opt the term “mixed-use” in order to camouflage the fact that a development’s main tenant is an in-expensive-to-build, buy costly-for-the-community-to-support big-box store.
Don’t expect that what’s promised at the time of a zone
change request is the plan that will be actually delivered. Konover President
Michael Goman has stated that the market will drive the uses within the
development. That’s the same “escape clause” that the developer of
As a member of Simsbury’s Republican town committee, Mr. Goman was instrumental in attempting to oust longtime zoning commissioner Austin Barney (known for his thorough but fair scrutiny of applications) in favor of Timothy Ellsworth, the very individual who successfully requested the Canton Golf Course rezoning for the mixed-use athletic development, then proposed a shopping center – because the market so dictated.
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