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Burhoe Landscaping to Get New Home on New Britain Avenue

Business to move to complex with Madigan Millworks in Unionville.

When Dean Burhoe applied to subdivide his Plainville Avenue property where he had been running his landscaping, about a dozen neighbors came out to object. When he applied for a permit to move his landscaping business off his residential property and to a suitable commercial location in Farmington, he again met with opposition.

But the Town Plan and Zoning Commission OKed the new location, despite complaints from a group of homeowners in a neighboring condominium complex.

Burhoe applied for a permit to operate his landscaping business at 150 New Britain Ave., Unionville, where Madigan Millworks and a propane company are already. The buildings and parking area are up a hill in a wooded area, hidden from view of the road. Burhoe will rent space in an office, a warehouse area and a large paved area and will mostly use it to park trucks and house equipment.

One commissioner, Don Doeg, said he thought the location was perfectly suited to Burhoe’s landscaping business when he first saw the address.

The neighbors disagreed.

Residents of the condominium complex down the hill from the commercial lot complained of water runoff which had been flooding their backyards and which they have had to pay to correct. They said they feared workers hosing off Burhoe equipment would make the problem worse.

They also said the noise from Madigan Millworks was already substantial and the sounds of more trucks driving in and out, backing up and equipment being fixed on the premises would also exacerbate the situation, which residents said had prompted them to call police on several occasions.

Pesticides running down the hill were also a concern they raised. 

But Burhoe said much of the company’s operations were run out of its Glastonbury location – a mechanic fixes equipment there, pesticides are kept there and most heavy equipment is kept there. Snowplows, which residents said they feared would be running at all hours, are often taken home with employees before a storm instead of being stored in Unionville. 

“The issues brought up by most of the public seem to be existing issues with the current property owner, not necessarily with the applicant,” said commissioner Jim Leblanc. 

Commissioner Jack Matava thought Burhoe might improve the property, with sprucing up the area and repairing a broken fence among the terms of Burhoe’s lease. 

“The facility was there long before the condos were there across the street,” said Commission Chairman Phil Dun. “Maybe the folks who bought there didn’t take into consideration the truck traffic… my reaction is this is a perfectly appropriate place to run this kind of low-impact business and I’m surprised at the neighbors’ complaints.

“This is better than some of the things that could go in there.”

April Rogers January 20, 2013 at 12:32 PM
Why are our town officials so afraid to say "NO!" to people? This guy contiunuously broke laws and rules yet got everything he wanted. I said it before and I will say it again, YOU LET THE WHOLE TOWN DOWN!
chris January 20, 2013 at 01:07 PM
I thought he was rejected the first time. What I cant understand is if there is such a big traffic problem, why do they keep giving approval for new neighborhoods to be built! Clear and build. Clear and build. Then, how do we fix the traffic problem? Stop building till you come up with a solution.
Daisy Mae January 20, 2013 at 01:59 PM
Do you really think one issue has anything to do with the other? When a property is zoned commercial, a commercial business gets to rent it. The neighbors should ibe happy that that he is off his residential property. Why he was not fined for his abuse of that zoning regulation is what Iwould like to know.
Daisy Mae January 20, 2013 at 02:04 PM
You Can thank "Save the Ville" for successfully getting out so much disinformation that the improvement to that intersection was voted down. Go "Save the Ville"!
Barnaby Jones January 21, 2013 at 03:18 PM
We would have lost Liquor Square if Save The Ville lost it's cause, and loosing Liqour Square to a demolition would have been an outright travisty!
Daisy Mae January 22, 2013 at 09:09 PM
You have got to be joking. That building was put up as a temperary building after the flood in 55. The current plan that that the state still has on the books will take care of that eyesore.
Sas January 31, 2013 at 09:53 PM
Daisy....,put your name out there and let's talk about the misinformation!!! You never rest!
Sas February 01, 2013 at 12:04 PM
That was the intersection Haizy Mae!
Sas February 01, 2013 at 07:06 PM
What intersection are you talking about......if The Ville didn't stop this distructive move down the hill by the trails someone would have been killed. We have video of out of control trucks going down the hill in the winter......Jeez!!!!
Sas February 01, 2013 at 07:06 PM
Thank You!
Daisy Mae February 02, 2013 at 02:06 PM
Like Sas Put your name out there
Sas February 02, 2013 at 10:08 PM
Seriously?
Daisy Mae February 04, 2013 at 02:56 PM
yes
Kaitlin Glanzer (Editor) February 04, 2013 at 03:26 PM
Daisy Mae, please refrain from making personal attacks. And, if you've got such strong opinions about what goes on in town, it would be nice if you identified yourself. Sas is known by that name.

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