Scully Nicksa & Reeve, LLP | Attorneys At Law

79 Main Street | PO BOX 278
Unionville, CT  06085-0278

(860) 673-7141

Latest Firm News

Corona Virus

March 23, 2020

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We are open for business, as the Governor’s closure order exempts legal services.

Courts are open for emergency business, but postponing in person appearances for the foreseeable future. Court decisions will be delayed, as very few judges and support personnel are physically present in the courthouses.

Real estate closings are exempt from the closure order, and we are going forward when possible with some changes. In person meetings are still required for original signatures and witnesses on closing documents, but we are trying to avoid large closings with buyers, sellers, realtors and attorneys all present in the same room at the same time. Banks are open, so funding should continue to be available, but delays may occur throughout the closing process.

If you come to the office please make sure you are not symptomatic, and maintain social distance. We are wiping down the conference rooms with disinfectant before and after all meetings.

We are also available by electronic means to confer with you, and invite your questions and concerns about how Covid 19 may affect your case or transaction.

Thank you, and stay safe and healthy.

Ion Bank is coming to Unionville

March 2, 2020

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Ion Bank is a community bank, established as Naugatuck Savings Bank in 1870. Ion now has over 20 branch offices in Connecticut. They recently opened a branch in Farmington, and have now been approved to construct a new bank branch facility on Main Street in Unionville Center. Construction is scheduled for later this year.

SNR represented the developer at a public hearing before the Farmington Town Plan and Zoning Commission when it approved this project.

Retirement of a founding partner

January 28, 2020

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Our partner and friend Ed Scully retired from the practice of law at the end of 2019.

Ed practiced with our firm and its predecessor firms for over 40 years. He advised and counseled individuals, families and businesses throughout the Farmington Valley and beyond, both in the office and in the courts. He brought great skill, grace and civility to all situations, and was highly respected by his colleagues at the bar.

We miss Ed greatly, and wish him a long and healthy retirement surrounded by family and friends.

Thanks for everything, Ed!

Health Care Laundry expansion

June 3, 2019

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Image First Health Care Laundry is located at the corner of New Britain Avenue and Hyde Road in Farmington. This business launders linens for the medical industry, and has operated at this location since 2011. The business also operates at several other locations in nearby states.

Farmington’s Zoning Board of Appeals and Town Plan and Zoning Commission recently approved variances and a site plan revision which will allow for a building addition of approximately 25 per cent of the existing building. The owners will be making a multi- million dollar investment in additional equipment to increase their capacity at this location.

SNR represented this business before the local land use agencies.

Collinsville Savings Society coming to Farmington

June 3, 2019

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The Farmington Town Plan and Zoning Commission recently approved a new bank branch building for Collinsville Savings Society in the Post Office Square Shopping Plaza on Main Street. The building will be located within the existing parking lot along the Main Street frontage, on your right as you enter the plaza which is also home to Highland Park Market, the US Post Office and numerous other businesses.

The bank hopes to open the doors to this new branch in late 2019 or early 2019.

SNR represented Collinsville Savings Society in obtaining local land use approvals for this project.

Update: Collinsville Savings Society has changed its name to Collinsville Bank, and opened its branch at Post Office Square in March, 2017. Best wishes to President Gary Roman and his team.

Farmington mansion has a new owner

April 8, 2019

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Musician Curtis Jackson (50 Cent) recently sold his home in Farmington.

SNR represented Mr. Jackson in this transaction.

Healthy Living Center proposed for Farmington Village

June 21, 2018

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Representatives of LiveWell Farmington Valley presented their concept plans for a Healthy Living Center at 729 Farmington Avenue to the Town Plan and Zoning Commission at an informal workshop discussion on June 11.

LiveWell is a not-for -profit national leader in the field of aging services. 729 Farmington Avenue is adjacent to the Hill-Stead Museum and across the street from the former Parson’s Chevrolet property. This nearly 6 acre parcel is currently improved with a large stone and masonry single family home and detached brick garage built in 1926. LiveWell plans an addition to connect these 2 historic structures, and interior renovations to house a variety of services and amenities to promote health and well being for the entire community. A walking trail system with connections to the town-wide trail system is also planned.

LiveWell has been sharing its vision for the site with nearby residents and community organizations for many months, and looks forward to filing formal applications with the Town later this year.

SNR is land use counsel to LiveWell.

Farmington Approves New Assisted Living Facility-Update

May 8, 2018

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CA Ventures has begun work on their new assisted living/memory care facility at the corner of Farmington Avenue and Brickyard Road/Bridgewater Road (across the street from Wood-n-Tap).

The purchase of the property from Waterside Ten, LLC was closed last week, and site work started earlier this week.

SNR assisted CA with local land use approvals.

More information here

Farmington Featured in Hartford Business Journal

April 30, 2018

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Today’s edition of the Hartford Business Journal features an article about a coming wave of new development projects in Farmington.

SNR is proud to have assisted with many of these projects, including the Pennington condominiums at the site of the former Chuck’s Steak house (currently under construction), the assisted living and elderly apartment projects on Farmington Avenue across from the Wood N Tap (breaking ground this month) and the project at Five Corners (breaking ground shortly).

Bob Reeve serves as a volunteer on the Farmington Economic Development Commission, and represents property owners before local land use agencies.

SNR assists with Winsted factory rehabilitation

April 11, 2018

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The Lambert-Kay factory building in downtown Winsted has been vacant for decades, and was taken over by the town of Winchester for unpaid taxes. The town secured state grants for environmental remediation, and sought a developer to re-purpose the building.

Long time SNR client Brian Lyman of Parker Benjamin Real Estate has extensive experience with similar projects, including the very successful Upson Market Place in Unionville which is described here and here

Over the past year we have worked with Brian and town officials to assist with the transfer of the building, which took place last week.The first tenant, a brewery, is expected to move in this summer, marking another step in the revitalization of downtown Winsted. More information can be found in this article.

Site improvements at Corporate Headquarters

March 15, 2018

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The buildings at 1 and 3 Farm Glen Boulevard in Farmington are headquarters to Farmington Bank, one of Connecticut’s leading community banks, and ProHealth Physicians, Connecticut’s leading primary care physician organization.

Located just off of Farmington Avenue in the UCONN Heath Center area, this is some of the most desirable office space in town.

These buildings were constructed over 30 years ago, at a time when corporate efficiency in the utilization of space was much lower than at the present time. Consequently, tenants were experiencing a shortage of on site parking for both employees and visitors.

The landlord hired SNR and local civil and traffic engineers to obtain approvals from the Farmington Town Plan and Zoning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals and Conservation and Inland Wetlands Commission to enlarge the parking area and construct associated drainage improvements. The landowner will also be constructing a sidewalk across the frontage of the property which is a vital link in the town’s vision for a walkable “UCONN to Unionville” path as described in a recent revision to the town’s Plan of Conservation and Development.

SNR represented the landowner, AJ&S Associates II, LLC before Farmington’s land use boards.

Farmington Approves New Elderly Housing

December 28, 2017

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According to recently adopted revisions to its Plan of Conservation and Development, Farmington’s population of “mature” adults (age 60 and over) will increase by 30 per cent between 2015 and 2025, while other age groups will experience a decline. By 2025 one third of all Farmington residents will be above the age of 60.

The town is planning for the needs of this population by rezoning properties to its “Senior-Active Adult” zone and approving new projects within that zone. The most recent example is a 32 unit elderly (age 62 and up) multifamily building at the intersection of Farmington Avenue (Rt. 4) and Bridgewater Road approved by the Town Plan and Zoning Commission in December, 2017.

This project will include spacious 1 and 2 bedroom apartments, garages, storage areas, walking/biking paths and a community gathering space.

SNR represented the owner and applicant, Waterside Ten, LLC, before Farmington’s land use boards.

5 Corners Farmington Update—Approved

September 28, 2017

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The intersection known as 5 Corners in the East Farms section of Farmington is where Colt Highway (State Route 6), Birdseye Road (State Route 549) and Fienemann Road meet. Within a mile or so are two I-84 interchanges, 2 hotels, a large corporate office park, many medical office buildings and 2 apartment complexes.

Currently, the 5 Corners intersection is home to a gas station, fast food, office and automotive uses. Average daily traffic is close to 30,000 vehicles.

The only remaining vacant land at this intersection is the northeast corner, and it was zoned for single family residential use.

The longstanding owner of this property identified a need at this location, specifically a lack of restaurants to serve the large corporate employee and hotel guest population in the area.

In October of 2016 the Farmington Town Planning and Zoning Commission (TPZ) held a public hearing and then unanimously approved an amendment to the town wide Plan of Conservation and Development to allow limited commercial uses on the site.

In July of 2017 the TPZ conducted a public hearing and then approved a change of zone from Residential to Business, and a special permit for restaurant and retail uses. In its approval the TPZ asked the developer to work with the town’s Architectural Review Committee to refine the building architecture.

In September of 2017 the TPZ approved a site plan application for a building of just over 8,000 square feet with “traditional Farmington” architecture.

SNR represented the owner and developer before Farmington’s land use boards.

Farmington Approves New Assisted Living Facility

July 19, 2017

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On July 17th the Farmington Town Plan and Zoning Commission approved a 120 unit assisted living facility on the south side of Farmington Avenue, just to the east of the intersection with Bridgewater Road and Brickyard Road. The developer will be making significant traffic improvements to the intersection prior to the opening of the facility, which will include 40 units devoted to memory care patients.

SNR represented the developer, CA Senior Living Holdings, LLC and the property owner, Waterside Ten, LLC, before Farmington’s land use commissions.

Upson Market Place update

March 22, 2017

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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.

More information here

Farmington approves new condominium in town center

December 14, 2016

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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.

Click here to view the Hartford Courant article.

5 Corners, Farmington

October 28, 2016

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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.

Courtroom Victory for Contractor

September 1, 2016

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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.

Unionville Village Success Story

August 16, 2016

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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.

Real Estate and Business Activity

August 9, 2016

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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.

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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.