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Preliminary Plans For Restaurants At Manchester Corner

A developer is scheduled to present conceptual plans for two restaurants and retail space at Deming and Avery streets during the planning and zoning commission meeting Wednesday.

The commission meeting starts at 7 p.m. in Lincoln Center.

Illustrations included in the meeting packet show one of the restaurants as a Chick-fil-A, but planning and economic development Director Gary Anderson said that it is a pre-application presentation and that no formal proposal has been presented. The commission will hear the presentation and give the developer feedback on whether members think it is feasible, Anderson said.

A veterinary practice, Connecticut Feline Medicine and Surgery, now occupies part of the site where Avery, Deming and Macintosh streets meet. That building would be demolished and replaced by a 5,000-square-foot restaurant with a drive-through window, a 3,200-square-foot restaurant without a drive-through and a 3,380-square-foot retail building, according to a memo from BL Companies, an architecture and engineering firm. The pre-application proposal says a 118-space parking lot also would be built, with driveways onto Avery and Macintosh streets.

The applicant is listed as Carpionato Group LLC. If a formal application is submitted, the developer would seek a zone change so the entire parcel would be zoned for commercial use. Part of the area is jpw zoned residential uses, Anderson said.

The development is expected to generate a net of 215 vehicle trips (110 vehicles entering and 105 exiting) during the peak afternoon/evening hour, according to a traffic generation chart included in the pre-application. During the Saturday peak hour, the totals would be 178 cars entering and 176 leaving, according to the chart.

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