What does the future hold for the former Stevenson Lumber property?

The Stevenson Lumber property has been vacant for years.

MONROE, CT — Will the former Stevenson Lumber property be used for commercial parking and to house indoor cultivation facilities for herbs?

A Planning and Zoning Commission hearing on text amendments to expand the commercial uses at 1585 Monroe Turnpike and 421 Old Zoar Road will be held this Thursday at 7 p.m.

The hearing will be held remotely on GoToMeeting. Members of the public can attend on their computer, tablet or smartphone by following this link or by calling 1 (312) 757-3121. The access code is 583-388-789. Written comments may be submitted up to one hour in advance of the meeting by email at [email protected].

The land was most recently used by Truss Tech, a manufacturing facility for pre-engineered roof and floor wood trusses, but the buildings have been dormant since the business closed. The site is around 40 acres.

John Kimball, acting consultant for the applicant, Kimball Family Investments LLC, owned by his wife Jill, son John Jr. (Jack) and daughter Elizabeth, is proposing the text amendments and zone change for a new Stevenson Business District 2, which would expand permitted uses on the site by allowing a commercial parking and indoor cultivation facilities.

The couple applied as Stevenson Properties LLC, of which Kimball Family Investments LLC is the sole member. They have been working closely on the text amendments and zone change with land use officials and the commission’s subcommittee for about 18 months.

“We’re on the first step, but the process we’re involved in with the town will bring this property leaps and bounds forward from where it stands,” John Kimball said.

The hearing is being continued from Nov. 5.

Other hearings

Three other hearings will be held Thursday.

Cesar Rios wants to run a permitted landscaping business on his property at 556 Pepper St. He is applying for a special exception permit with a site plan application to convert a portion of an existing non-conforming single-family home use for his business.

The application includes an office, driveway, parking, fencing and dumpster improvements.

The hearing is being continued from Sept. 3.

Scott Honigsberg of Eastern Jungle Gym, Inc., 391 Main St., is proposing zoning text amendments to expand the definition and use of Outdoor Sales of Accessory Play Equipment and Sheds, as allowed in a Business District 1, Business District 2 and a Limited Office District, to make way for an outdoor display.

The Planning and Zoning Commission is proposing zoning text amendments to allow residential apartments for rent above commercial uses to pave the way for mixed-use developments.

This would affect certain B-1 and B-2 district parcels having direct street frontage and access via Main Street (Route 25), within a B-1 District or B-2 District, between the southerly town boundary shared with the town of Trumbull and south of Knollwood Street.

 This hearing is being continued from Nov. 19.

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