Out of Time: Bread for Life to Re-File Application for Main Street Proposal

Members of the Southington Planning and Zoning Commission on Tuesday night approved a motion allowing Bread for Life to re-file their application at no cost, buying extra time – but with no alternative location, the plan appears set to move forward.

Credit: Bread for Life.
Credit: Bread for Life.
Time is running out on the 65-day extension as Bread for Life and members of the Derynoski Elementary School community continue to seek a new location for the non-profit’s expansion and if a new home isn’t found soon, the organization will move forward with original plans to develop the property along Main Street.

Members of the Planning and Zoning Commission on Tuesday approved a motion granting Bread for Life representatives an opportunity to withdraw their application and re-file, waiving the fee, which will start the process over. But with no sufficient location yet identified, options are running out.

“Our mission at Bread for Life is to feed the hungry in Southington and for 30 years we have fulfilled that mission with a collaborative spirit,” Bill McDougall, chairman of the board for Bread for Life, said earlier this year.

“We have looked for a suitable property for a decade…Bread for Life remains committed to a new building and if a comparable and acceptable alternative is not identified, we will move forward with our existing plan.”

The organization, at the request of Derynoski School parents and administrators, school officials and the Board of Education, filed the extension during a commission meeting in October, but the 65-day window will expire before the commission next meets in January.

Officials confirmed Wednesday that while efforts have been made, an alternate location has not yet been located and it would leave the organization to move forward with their plans to develop the property adjacent to the school at 296 Main St. The property is currently owned by Sarjac Partners, LLC, according to town property records.

Michael DelSanto, chairman of the Southington Planning and Zoning Commission, could not comment on the proposal as it remains an active application, but said the decision will buy a little more time. The proposal will come back before the commission on Jan. 7, 2014.

Once the proposal is presented, the commission will have 60-days to determine whether to approve the application.

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Scott Garver December 05, 2013 at 08:13 AM
What is the connection between hungry people and the fear that they are dangerous? If the YMCA wanted to build next to the school would we be hearing the same nonsense?
Dennis Conroy December 05, 2013 at 11:27 AM
Hey there's an idea, why not have the" Y" house Bread for Life in the Historic building on main street in front of its main building?
Scott Garver December 05, 2013 at 04:43 PM
Good idea. It is probably within its mission
Stage Crafter December 05, 2013 at 05:22 PM
The former Dominic's Men Store location on the corner of Main St and Eden Ave would be a great location, too. It wouldn't interfere with the school, easy access to Main Street, and no elevator needed for use of the second floor, and is not an historic building.


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