March 22, 2017
Upson Market Place, described as “the restoration of a historic ball bearing mill on the banks of the Farmington River into a mixed-use campus in the heart of Unionville Village” by the Connecticut Main Street Center (CMSC), has received a 2017 Keystone Award of Excellence from CMSC.
Created in 2003 to recognize outstanding projects, individuals and community efforts to bring traditional downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts back to life, socially and economically, the Awards of Excellence are presented annually. This year’s awards will be presented at CMSC’s VIBRANT MAIN STREETS event in the atrium of the Legislative Office Building on May 18th in Hartford.
SNR provided zoning counsel and other assistance to the owner and developer of these properties.
December 14, 2016
Filed under: Zoning
The Farmington Town Plan and Zoning Commission and Conservation and Inland Wetlands Commission both recently approved a new 12 unit residential condominium on Farmington Avenue, adjacent to the Country Club of Farmington. The units will overlook the golf course and feature underground parking and other amenities. The project will be built on the site of the former Chuck’s Steak House building which has been vacant for many years. SNR represented the owner and developer before the local land use boards.
October 28, 2016
The intersection known as 5 Corners in East Farmington is where Colt Highway (State Route 6), Birdseye Road (State Route 549) and Fienemann Road meet, not far from 2 I-84 interchanges, 2 hotels, a large corporate office park, many medical office buildings and 2 apartment complexes. The town has identified this area as a “gateway” to Farmington and will be studying how it can be made more attractive and welcoming. Currently the 5 Corners intersection is home to a gas station, fast food, office and automotive uses.
Earlier this month the Town Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved an amendment to the town wide Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) to allow for limited commercial uses on the only remaining vacant parcels of land at 5 Corners. The uses the Commission is willing to consider include restaurant, retail and office uses, but no particular use has been approved at this time. An application for a new commercial building on the vacant land at the northeast corner is likely to be considered by the Commission at a public hearing in early 2017.
SNR represents the owner and developer of this property.
September 1, 2016
SNR recently represented a general contractor who was forced to file a mechanic’s lien to secure payment of monies owed to the general and his subcontractors on a project to rehabilitate an old house into an office use. The owner claimed that he had not agreed to pay for changes to the scope of the work after the initial contract was signed, and that the mechanic’s lien statute is unconstitutional. Following a 5 day hearing the Superior Court rejected the owner’s claims, and sustained the vast majority of the amounts our client and his subcontractors claimed as mechanic’s liens against the property.
August 16, 2016
Longtime residents remember when a factory operated in the old Pioneer Steel Ball building just across Mill Street from the Post Office in Unionville center. After being vacant for many years, this circa 1860 building and the rest of the block have now been re-purposed. These properties are now occupied by office, restaurant, residential and retail uses in a beautiful setting on the banks of the Farmington River. The old manufacturing building is now known as the Upson Market Place, in recognition of an early occupant, the Upson Nut Company. Unionville’s resurgence has been many years in the making, and shows what can happen when local government, community groups and property owners collaborate on solutions that benefit everyone. SNR provided zoning counsel and other assistance to the owner and developer of these properties.
August 9, 2016
We have seen an increase in residential real estate purchases, sales and refinances over the past several months. We are also seeing a lot of activity in commercial real estate, business lending and the purchase and sale of small businesses. Please contact us if we can help with your real estate or business transaction.
April 8, 2016
Filed under: General Practice
SNR was recognized with an award from the Farmington Economic Development Commission for over 40 years of outstanding professional and volunteer service to the community. The firm was presented with a proclamation at a quarterly business breakfast attended by over 100 representatives of the business community and other local leaders.
April 8, 2016
Filed under: Real Estate, Zoning
SNR was recently hired by a well known professional musician to assist him with zoning matters and a real estate closing of a potential sale of his 65,000 square foot, 52 room single-family home in Farmington. The buyer is interested in converting the home into a multi-unit housing development for elderly residents.
April 6, 2016
Filed under: Zoning
The Mormon Temple on Farmington Avenue is nearing completion, and the public will be invited to view the interior of the building later this year. SNR provided zoning and land use counsel to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints before Farmington land use boards.
The Law Offices of Scully, Nicksa & Reeve, LLP, located in the Unionville section of Farmington, CT represent clients throughout Connecticut, including Hartford, Avon, Bristol, Burlington, Canton, Farmington, New Britain, New Hartford, Newington, Simsbury, Torrington, Hartford County, Litchfield County and New Haven County.