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VISION FOR VACANCIES: The former Parva factory site

For years Parva operated a business painting industrial parts on the site at the corner of Whitney Avenue and Dickerman Street. It's been empty for years -- what should go there next?

The lot at the corner of Dickerman Street and Whitney Avenue has been empty for years, with even the white brick building that once housed Parva Industries and then seasonal stores selling things like fireworks and Halloween supplies is now gone. 

It's a prime piece of property, located at the entrance to the Route 40 connector that goes to I-91, which could make it attractive to businesses that need office space.

But sitting on Whitney Avenue, it's also a prime spot for a commercial or retail business. 

What would you like to see built there? Or maybe you would like the town to purchase it and keep it a pocket park? Or perhaps a commuter lot, though the parking lot at Our Lady of Mount Carmel on the other side of the connector operates as a de facto commuter lot at present.

Weigh in and let town leaders know what kind of businesses you would like to see come to town.

Ann Criscuolo Pari March 12, 2012 at 02:22 PM
A commuter lot would be a good idea. This is a heavily used entrance and would serve well to commuters
Thomas Alegi March 12, 2012 at 03:28 PM
The town of Hamden cannot pay its bills, so how can they pay for a pocket park at this Whitney Ave location. Also what business would want to move into Hamden when the Mayor and some members of the L/C are not friendly to business? In a very short time we all will see how much Hamden’s new mill rate will be going up, so small business owners are waiting until Hamden’s new mill rate is made public before contemplating buying any land in Hamden. As far as the state of CT buying that piece of property for a commuter parking lot the state of CT has no money to spend on new commuter parking lots. Time will tell what happens to this and other unused commercial land in Hamden. I just thought of a good use for that piece of unused land, why not a new Gas Station, seeing gasoline companies are the only ones spending money to develop unused commercial property at this time, they have the money to spend with gasoline prices at $3.76 a gallon.
Concerned resident March 12, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Parking Lot for Side St Grille, Get the cars off the street !!
LOIS JASON March 12, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Affordable rental housing on upper floors and retail on ground floor.
Kathleen Ramunni (Editor) March 12, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Parva was my first job when I was in high school. Let's just say I was very happy to see that building gone! It's not that big a site so the possibilities are fairly limited as to what can go there. The Side Street Grille parking is a good idea but it would probably cost more for the business to buy it than it would be worth.

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