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Old 06-22-2007, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Cheshire, Conn.
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Wallingford has nice central business district as well as the strip stores along Route 5. It also has a lot of very charming homes around and along Main Street. As for the "big box/chain restaurant suburban development", it does serve a purpose. You do not have to leave town to find what you need at a reasonable price. Nobody likes the look of these places, but an aweful lot of people shop at them. You have to take the good with the bad. JMHO Jay
It serves a second, albeit unwanted, purpose. Whenever there's a battle as to whether Cheshire should allow this type of development, Planning & Zoning always points to Queen Street (Southington) or Route 5 (Wallingford) as examples of what we don't want in town.
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Old 06-22-2007, 09:57 AM
 
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It serves a second, albeit unwanted, purpose. Whenever there's a battle as to whether Cheshire should allow this type of development, Planning & Zoning always points to Queen Street (Southington) or Route 5 (Wallingford) as examples of what we don't want in town.

I think Cheshire has done a good job of allowing commercial business in without making Rt. 10 into another Rt. 5. There are also more tasteful ways of allowing such stores in town without letting developers do what they want. Towns seem to be getting smarter in regards to planning and zoning for these big box stores.
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Old 06-22-2007, 01:01 PM
 
Location: New England
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Wallingford has nice central business district as well as the strip stores along Route 5. It also has a lot of very charming homes around and along Main Street. As for the "big box/chain restaurant suburban development", it does serve a purpose. You do not have to leave town to find what you need at a reasonable price. Nobody likes the look of these places, but an aweful lot of people shop at them. You have to take the good with the bad. JMHO Jay
I agree on the chains thing it's a double edged sword - heck I live in Manchester. LOL

BUT, in Wallingford they seem to have no zone control and total lack of planning along with the fact RR tracks follow RT 5 and it can't be expanded so it's just a messy hog pog of big boxes with mom and pop auto repair shops, car dealerships, old rinky dink diners, abandonded buildings etc...it's just an ugly mess and TERRIBLE to navigate. Getting around there on day to day business used to drive me nuts.

As for downtown - again, it's deceiving. It USED to be full of charming homes but Rosemary Choat has seemed to purchased most anything within a 3 mile radius and turned them into some form of administration office. They have so much control in that town just about everytime a classic victorian goes up for sale they pay top dollar and snag it. It's really terrible.

There are still some very nice areas in Wallingford though. East of I91 for instance in the Peach Hill Road area is very nice, as is Westish of Exit 64 on RT15 up by the Golf Course.
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Old 06-22-2007, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Actually Wallingford now has the Route 5 corridor zoning which requires an unusally large amount of "green" space (soemthing like 25% of the site) be set aside for each development and it being applied to all of the newer developments and redevelopments along the corridor. The idea was to make the area less dense, reduce traffic and improve the overall asthetics of the area. This type of zoning does miss the mark however. It has been in place for about 10 years and if you look closely you can see what it does.

Wallingford does not have any architectural requirements like other towns, so that is why it appears to be a hodge-podge of different styles. They would have been smarter to concentrate on building architecture and lanscaping and leave the density the way it was originally.

Also note that the Regional Planning Agency has completed a study of the corridor and has plans to rebuild Route 5 through similar to Route 5 in North Haven. Up until now the road was widened haphazardly as developments were built leaving the road with very poor continuity. Jay
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