New Business May Open at Barn-Style Building in Woodbury

The rustic building on Main Street South in Woodbury may have a tenant after years of vacancy.


The barn-style building at 641 Main St. South, Woodbury, may not be vacant any longer if all works out according to Ken Devino's plans.

According to Devino's application at the the ultimate goal is to prep the property for a future restaurant, although Devino told Patch it is still too early to comment specifically on that matter.

Devino brought forth an application to the Woodbury Zoning Commission at its Tuesday, Oct. 9, meeting at the Senior Community Center.

His application is for a special permit seeking an aquifer protection permit for a wastewater system greater than 600 gallons per acre, per day.


Patch readers weighed in on what kind of business they wanted to see at . A microbrewery, a book store and a restaurant were just a sampling of the businesses readers suggested.


Town Planner Brian Miller explained that in the aquifer protection overlay district, the subsurface waste discharge is limited to 600 gallons per acre, per day. A restaurant would far exceed that limit and that is why Devino is applying for a special permit, he said.

A public hearing on Devino's application will take place at the Tuesday, Nov. 13, Zoning Commission meeting at the Senior Community Center, beginning at 7:30 p.m.


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Tracey October 11, 2012 at 12:17 PM
a new restaurant in town would be great! something other than pizza and sandwiches.
joe_m October 11, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Do we really expect the zoning commission to make an exception? They have not been noted for making exceptions to zoning regulations. I wish you luck Mr. Devino.
Bob October 11, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Yeah, I welcome any new business, especially in an empty building. But I dont see the zoning commision bending in the slightest.
Patrick DiSarro October 11, 2012 at 01:07 PM
It looks like a top-notch steakhouse.
Meg Short October 11, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Oh I hope the Zoning Commission gives him the go ahead- I agree with Tracey; pizza and sandwiches are great but another option would be great!
Sean M October 11, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Dear all Martin Overton no longer has complete control over the commission. The past is the past. There are new members. There are people actually thinking for themselves. There is a public hearing where all members of the public are welcomed to attend and speak. There will be 3 in November: 1. This matter 2. Moving the fish truck in the plaza where Ovens of France is 3. Proposed regulation changes, including getting the political sign regulations into Constitutional compliance. As a personal request, I would appreciate stopping all the bashing of Zoning. Some of us spend a lot of our time without compensation and things are improving. The real progress is when we overturn Overton next November. My comments are mine only.
Ryan Carrington October 11, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Or a microbrewery :)
Sara Guillemette October 11, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Yes please. A Microbrewery such as Micro in Hamden (yet larger) or a local harvest sustainable restaurant such as Community Table in Washington or Le Farm in Fairfield.
Connie Burak October 20, 2012 at 02:51 AM
It speaks steak to me--and why not microbrew as well? What the zoning applicant needs to present is a way of engineering the wastewater system so it would not have any more negative environmental impact than the maximum in the current regulation--perhaps less. Then there would be no sound basis to refuse a permit. Personally, I hope they are able to do this as this attractive building is currently sitting there rotting--also not a positive environmental impact. Connie Burak
Voice of Reason October 20, 2012 at 03:53 AM
I like the idea of a microbrewery myself. A restaurant would be a tough sell due to the, as stated, waste water issue. While I do sympathize with anyone being told what to do with their property, and like and respect Mr. Devino, I'm sure he was aware of the restrictions in place when he decided to develop that piece. Perhaps his idea won't be too far outside regs and he'll get the permitting. I think it would be a perfect setting for an outfitting store (think Orvis) combined with fine firearms.
Kellyanne Koemp December 11, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Was thinking the SAME thing! No more pizza place. How about something Ethnic, Middle Eastern Food, a upscale Chinese place maybe or an Indian Restarant!


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