Activity on New Colony Diner, Stevenson Lumber Properties

The diner was recently sold and a developer presented a concept for the Stevenson Lumber site

New Colony Diner was always busy for breakfast and lunch with lines of patrons waiting to be seated for dinner. It was also a late night destination for decades before closing its doors a few years ago.

Co-owners of the Circle Diner on Post Road in Fairfield hope to breathe new life into the empty building at 568 Main Street. Fani Loukrezis of Easton sold her property to ADZ LLC for $700,000 on Jan. 31, according to town land records.

Chief Building Official James Sandor said he's waiting to sign off on a building permit allowing the owner renovate the building and add a small vestibule in the front and storage area in the back.

"All I need is approval from the health department and a check," he said.

Dimitri Alatakis, part owner of the Circle Diner in Fairfield, applied for the permit. Patch could not reach him for comment by press time.

Meanwhile, another developer presented a conceptual plan for a recycling facility at the Stevenson Lumber Co. property at 1585 Monroe Turnpike. First Selectman Steve Vavrek praised the potential applicant for going about things "the right way by pre-selling" the project.

"The most important thing is a lot of vacant spots are being filled and whether that's a diner, a restaurant or a cafe, it's a good thing," Vavrek said Monday afternoon. "People like to dwell on businesses that are leaving, but some vacancies are being filled and businesses are expanding. We have a vibrant industrial site on Pepper Street that's filling up right now."

Vavrek encourages residents to attend Planning & Zoning Commission meetings to see what other types of businesses are coming to town.

"If anyone has any questions, please call this office," he said.

The phone number for the First Selectman's Office is (203) 452-2821.

Designated Hitter April 17, 2011 at 09:13 PM
I'm asking questions of those who post. I wasn't specifically asking you, but you choose to respond - to engage in a conversation. My questions haven't been answered, and that's ok, folks just don't know. I'm hoping that my questions get folks thinking. BTW, if you don't want people to respond to you, just don't post. We won't be offended.
Wolfe April 17, 2011 at 09:29 PM
There already IS a dump in Monroe----just off Fan Hill Road. Most people think that it is just a brush dump, but it's not. There are old refrigerators, TV's, sofas, chairs, lamps, dishwashers, all sorts of furniture and appliances there. There are even old cars there. Right next door to it is the police department shooting range. And right across the street are houses. But I don't here anyone complaining about that dump (open only on the weekends). You all want business to come into town to take the tax burden off of our backs. Here is a way for that to happen. What does everyone do? Everybody has a complaint! I give up.
Bridgeport April 17, 2011 at 10:22 PM
Old refrigerators, TV's sofa's, chairs lamps and dishwashers are just large appliances/items, if AMEC was propsing a brush only dump with those types of items allowed then of course many people would be all for it. But the Monroe dump does not allow municipal waste (the biggest concern) which is what AMEC is proposing. If you believe that appliances such as TVs and refrigerators are in the same category as household trash such as unsanitary products and food scraps than your completely mistaken. This stuff brings health hazards, environmental hazards and of course smell. Also, add up all the appliances at the Monroe dump and it won't hold a candle to the amounts of municpal garbage that will be dumped from 9-5 Monday through Saturday. Of course I want businesses to come to Monroe. Smart economic growth however, not build the first thing that is proposed. That's the Monroe attitude. Do it now, but don't do it right. That's what happened with our roads, education, and economic development with NOT one thought for the FUTURE. It's complete and utter nonsense that the only economic development we can get in this town is a frickin' garbage pit. That's what businesses think of Monroe. 168 closing in I believe the last one or two years. The only thing that wants to build here is a garbage dump? We can do much better than that And no offense, the owners of Stevenson property still pay taxes, it's not like the town isn't getting anything for that property.
Bridgeport April 17, 2011 at 10:27 PM
I also find it horrifying that people in this town wouldn't mind having this here. The taxes AMEC pays will not offset the problems that the plant will cause for the town. You guys want Route 34 and the intersection of 111 to be developed. Let me ask you ONE THING. Who in there right mind is building within a recycling/garbage station. ANSWER: NO ONE. That means the land around Stevenson can and will never be developed residential and most likely not commercial, unless of course we talk about industrial commercialization such as other waste plants, scrap yards, etc. Then even if AMEC isn't long term or if for some reason it doesn't work out, which if you look at many Monroe businesses, it doesnt, thing about long term effects. That land will need extensive clean up to be developed again if waste is placed there. Also take into effect the proximity of Lake Zoar. Lake Zoar can be a great area if developed correctly, but no one will come to the lake side by Monroe if this does indeed pose a risk.
GovernmentTruth April 17, 2011 at 10:30 PM
It's a "DUMP." Get used to saying it because that's what it is. It's a DUMP. It is not a "recycling center." When these 100+ DUMP Trucks a DAY truck in the 5 Million Pounds of Garbage a DAY, they will DUMP it on the ground. And the 99 other DUMP Trucks lined up to DUMP, will each DUMP the GARBAGE on the ground. The correct term is DUMP because that's what DUMP trucks do, they DUMP Garbage. And the 5 Million Pounds of Garbage a DAY all together is called "A DUMP." It's a DUMP. That's what they are selling you in Monroe. Stop calling it a "recycling center." Don't play into this deliberate deception by using their words. It's a DUMP. The CT Department of Environmental Protection states that as little as 5% to 3o% of GARBAGE produces recyclables. That means that the DUMP will then pick up the 95% of GARBAGE and put it back on the DUMP Truck and Truck it back through Monroe. This is what they believe the good citizens of Monroe deserve: To live next to and amidst a Rat Infested DUMP. Shame. Shame. Shame. Shame. Shame.
QWERTY April 18, 2011 at 03:09 PM
Every town needs a dump, Monroe doesn't have one. This solves the problem...
Wolfe April 18, 2011 at 03:15 PM
Monroe DOES have a dump, but it's open only two days a week and most people think that it only accepts leaves and branches.
QWERTY April 18, 2011 at 03:36 PM
Does this dump take normal household garbage, free of charge?
Wolfe April 18, 2011 at 03:54 PM
No, Qwerty. It does not take household garbage. But it does take furniture and appliances---as long as you have a dump permit (get one at town hall).
QWERTY April 18, 2011 at 05:01 PM
I define "dump" as a place where residents can bring all of their refuse, free of charge. So Monroe has a quasi-dump and piggy-backs off Trumbull's dump. I don't mind paying extra for trash service but the town, bare bones, should encourage basic sanitation. What discourages residents from dumping trash in wooded or similar areas? I should have researched this before moving here, I assumed all towns offered basic garbage handling...I thought wrong.
Wolfe April 18, 2011 at 06:54 PM
Monroe shares a dump on Spring Hill Road with Trumbull. Every resident has to pay for dump passes, though---even Trumbull residents. Go to that dump and find out where to get them. Monroe used to have free garbage pick-up by the town, but then all of these private "waste firms" came in and took over. Now we have to pay more for garbage pick-up and we don't own our own cans, either.
QWERTY April 18, 2011 at 08:11 PM
I'm pretty sure it's free for Trumbull residents to dispose of common materials. Their webpage (http://www.trumbull-ct.gov/content/6279/74/177/827/default.aspx) states that only a "Driver's License is required".
Bridgeport April 18, 2011 at 08:18 PM
Maybe I'm wrong, but It's not free if they are paying taxes for it.
QWERTY April 18, 2011 at 09:06 PM
"Free" meaning Trumbull residents don't have to pay extra on top of the taxes they already pay. It goes back to the same debate....I don't or no longer use x number of town services yet I'm paying for them through taxes....EVERYONE produces garbage, everyone should be taxed on it accordingly.
Renee Delmolino April 19, 2011 at 01:00 PM
QWERTY, Amec does NOT have plans to allow for free garbage disposal for Monroe residents. It is a for profit organization that does business with large contractors, municipalities, and other garbage haulers, not individaul citizens that want to drop off thier houshold trash. Amecs bottom line will increase while Monroe Residents will watch thiers decline due to reduced property values and failing infrustructure. At a neighborhood meeting held with Amecs project manager it was stated that as a "favor " to Monroe residents they would allow residents to drop off yard depris at the Dump. However, we already have that service available to us at Spring Hill. The greatest favor AMEC can do for Monroe Residents is to persue a location that is already zoned for a garbage dump.
QWERTY April 19, 2011 at 03:28 PM
Perhaps that should be a condition of allowing them to setup shop in Monroe. The entire town would benefit.
Bridgeport April 19, 2011 at 04:38 PM
The entire town would benefit from AMEC letting the towns people dispose of their garbage there? Well like Renee stated we already have that option on Garder Road and Spring Hill Road in Trumbull. Do we need to pay permits? Yes we do. But you want AMEC to allow us to have free access to dumping our garbage there? If I don't have a pickup truck QWERTY how do I get my trash there? You want AMEC to do that for free? You honestly think that will happen? AMEC isn't in this to be collecting people's trash there in it for a profit. More than likely a profit that would be much higher than what you could be paying to bring it to Spring Hill.
QWERTY April 19, 2011 at 06:21 PM
Garbage DISPOSAL, NOT garbage PICKUP. Throw your garbage in the back of your trunk and bring it over. Part of the deal could be to allow Monroe residents a certain portion of garbage drop off per month, free of charge. I'm not asking for curbside garbage pickup. It's just an idea that would benefit the entire town as an extra service that this town lacks. No one in their right mind pays $6 a visit to dump household trash at Spring Hill Road. I doubt half of Monroe's residents would even use this new service anyways as most would rather have private contractors handling the mess.
Christine E. April 19, 2011 at 07:11 PM
That dump permit is a joke. I bought one last summer, but I didn't put it in the right spot on my car (I hate sticking things to my car) and the guy thought I didn't have one and let me in anyway. Stupid system. I wonder how many people use it without paying? Probably a bunch! Besides, i'm not an overly big fan of having "MONROE RESIDENT" plastered all over my car so any wahoo in America can know where I live.
Bridgeport April 19, 2011 at 08:56 PM
If half of Monroe's residents wouldn't even use this then why in a previous statement did you say this would benefit the whole town? The fact of the matter is you already have the ability to save money and not hire private contractors to carry away you're trash and bring it for $6 dollars to a transfer station in Trumbull. I'd rather pay $6 dollars a week to dump my househould trash v. the fee I'm paying not for a private contractor, it just so happens that hiring a private contractor is much more convenient for me. I don't get what you are saying. First you say this would benefit the whole town, then you say less than half of the town would actually use it. Which one is it? AMEC is a business they aren't in the game of doing business for free whether they propose a facility in your town or not. What we are all trying to say is the Trumbull/Monroe/Easton transfer station already allows the SERVICE you want. You can dispose of your own trash there. QWERTY admit it, you just want trash service for free. Whether AMEC builds here or not, YOU AINT GETTIN YOUR WISH. Show me towns that allow free garabge pick up around here, there aren't too many of them as evident at the transfer station seeing NUMEROUS private contractors from all over Trumbull, Monroe and Easton.
QWERTY April 19, 2011 at 09:27 PM
YES! I want a trash disposal site free of charge! I don't want to be charged extra to dump my garbage. When did I otherwise dispute that?! Every town resident would have the option to use this new dump....some would use it, others wouldn't. And is there a yearly permit fee for garbage removal in Monroe or a per-visit charge? Monroe's website says it's $6 per 125 lb. of garbage while everyone on this board is saying there's a permit...where's this permit, I'm missing it.
Christine E. April 19, 2011 at 09:36 PM
The permit is for the Garder Rd dump. It's for brush and appliances, not garbage. I think people are mistaking that for Spring Hill
Wolfe April 20, 2011 at 12:51 AM
And the Spring Hill Road dump is in Trumbull---not Monroe. All Monroe has is the Garder Road dump. That is it. We haven't paid for our permits to dump there in almost 20 years, so I don't have a clue as to how much it costs. It may cost $6 a year, it may not. I don't know. But I know that you are supposed to have coupons for the Spring Hill Road dump, and they aren't free for Monroe residents. I do not know if Trumbull residents have to pay for them or not. At the Garder Road dump, I have seen refrigerators, fans, cars, and furniture. I go there quite frequently.
Newtown Resident April 25, 2011 at 01:11 AM
Has anyone considered the impact the water runoff would have on the Halfway River directly behind the property on the other side of the tracks?
Designated Hitter April 25, 2011 at 01:51 AM
Are you really debating free vs. $6 a trip? We have bigger issues with this proposed recycling center. Please read page A6 of today's Connecticut Post, "Plan for recycling facility has Milford officials concerned". As I indicated in another post, garbage is a dirty business on many levels. I'm not sure that our town is knowledgeable or sophisticated enough to handle the possible problems associated with it. If AMEC is a reputable business, what if they sell to a not so reputable business? What do we do then???
Renee Delmolino April 25, 2011 at 02:28 AM
I have read page A6 of todays Ct Post and this is exactly why I say this is the WRONG project for Monore. Both in Milford and Newtown once they approved zoning for these "recylcing" facilities these dumps became a nightmare to thier communities. Both towns have had to contend with pollution violations amongst other issues. Once these facilities are in place their is no getting rid of them. Even the DEP is afraid to enforce regulations. WHY in the world do we want to invite this into our town?????? Okay, we will recieve $200,000. in taxes a year. Who will pay for the contamination clean up When it happens? Who is going to pick up the trash along the road when all those peices bounce out of the truck? What about the oil that leaks out of these trucks onto our roads? How about the contamination from the water run off into the Housatonic River and our wells? The chemicals from demolition materials causes serious health problems. Solid waste attracks verminin the thousands that carry disease. The list goes on and on....Please sell me on the positives!
brian fried April 25, 2011 at 12:14 PM
Nancy, it will bring jobs to the area(and those jobs )will benefit your business- but they will not revitalize the retail stores in the area- most people dont shop near or at the DUMPWhat we are talking about is having 5 MILLION POUNDS A DAY of other areas/peoples garbage dropped in our backyards. we do need Retail and a buyer for the SL property-but what we need is a buyer who will not only increase the tax base but also enhance the area( the new strip mall and wedding facility and proposed gas station are a great start)- a dump is a blight on a community and the surrounding areas decline into decay As far as Amec offering jobs to Monroe residents- how much do you think they pay for a guy to sort thru garbage? Prob not a salary that could afford the tax rate in this town A lumber truck is very different from a garbage truck-as a dump is very different than a lumber yard this is a destructive industry to let into our town
brian fried April 25, 2011 at 12:23 PM
All of the garbage will come thru Town Via trucks- and when 111 becomes a traffic mess they will drive the local streets to get to the Dump- it will leave by rail should be an interesting mixture of school buses,16/17 yearl old drivers and tri-axles full of garbage trying to get in and out of Masuk HS
Life By The Green April 25, 2011 at 05:48 PM
I attended as well and don't really remember the dicussion as respectful. From my perspective it was dominated by a few church members who felt the need to preserve their personal Sunday morning view of the Green at the expense of those of us who live around it seven days a week. After 10+ years of membership in that church, that was the last time I set foot inside its doors. Combined with another internal church issue, the hypocrisy was more than I could take. So here we are, a few years later, and the traffic around the green is significantly worse, soon to become potentially dangerous if these massive numbers of massive trash trucks start coming through on the schedules that AMEC has hinted about. As it is, the Church St./111 corner often has lines of more than 10 cars waiting to turn, and speed limits on 111 are all but ignored. It's a scary proposition, especially when you consider that at the morning rush, most of the turning cars are high schoolers. The amount of crashes there is already alarming - wait until a hauler short on time comes through the green on a rainy morning with 60,000 pounds of waste and questionable brakes. The poor high schooler who just got his license and thinks he can safely make that harrowing left turn will never know what hit him... if he somehow makes it through that turn, when the truck crests the hill past "Whitney West" and encounters the line of stopped cars turning into the school - well, we all know how that will turn out.
Donna Gail April 25, 2011 at 07:17 PM
Sorry Renee, I know I don't have any. If we get $200k in tax revenue from AMEC, that isn't going to affect our own tax bills much at all. And if they get a tax abatement for moving here & supposedly creating jobs, even that money will be a few years off. I have a feeling they'd end up hiring mostly people from out of town. A random garbage/recycling plant here and hair salon there aren't going to help ease our tax burdens. The focus needs to be on bringing business to industrial areas like Pepper St.


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