The programs offered at the Lodge at Cold Spring, rewriting planning and zoning regulations and of course, driving commerce were the topics of discussion during a “record breaking” monthly chamber breakfast.
Local business owners and Chamber of Commerce members gather the second Friday of every month at a local business to network, eat breakfast and discuss topics affecting small businesses.
The format of the to a "round-table discussion” with no more guest speakers. Friday's event was "record breaking," according to Chamber of Commerce .
Planning and Zoning Regulations
Town officials such as Rocky Hill Economic Development Director Ray Carpentino and Economic Development Commission Chairman Michael Bocchini attended the event.
“This is a town function,” Bocchini said. He told those in attendance that he and Carpentino were available to help any business owners in town and his goal was to make Rocky Hill companies ”profitable.”
Carpentino explained that the town and specifically the Economic Development Commission will be looking over planning and zoning regulations. The hope is to rewrite language, so that the town can break up larger parcels of land into smaller sites, which would make them more attractive to prospective developers.
Carpentino said he is looking into changing the regulations because Cromwell is opening its business park soon, which offers smaller plots, and there is little land in Rocky Hill available for purchase. Most of the land in town is for lease, he added.
Benefits of the Lodge at Cold Spring
The event also was a chance to showcase what the has to offer. The independent senior living community allows retired individuals to live on their own, but have meals and other services provided for them. Residents can own pets, take a bus into town and certain area destinations and enjoy a variety of shows and special programs all without leaving the building.
“We do all the work and you have all the fun,” said Community Manager Richard Restiano. “Now it is time for you to relax.”
The facility is 92 percent occupied, but the staff is always looking to fill more than 100-unit building.
“It’s an easy thing to sell,” Restiano said. He added that the Lodge at Cold Spring was happy to be a part of the chamber and be able to host its first gathering place.
“We are thankful for this opportunity,” Restiano said.