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Poll: What Next For Larison's Turkey Farm?

Turkey Farm Acquisition, LLC have requested a zoning change to the Larison Turkey Farm Restaurant property. We want to know what you think it should be next.

After years of languishing, there appears to be forward progress on the Larison Turkey Farm property. And the next step will be at the next meeting of the mayor and council of Chester Borough, as evidenced by this release from the borough.

Residents of Chester Borough are hereby notified that Turkey Farm Acquisition, LLC have requested a zoning change to the property known as Larison Turkey Farm Restaurant. The Borough Council will start to review this request at the upcoming Mayor and Council meeting, Tuesday, Sept. 18 starting at 7 p.m..

At this meeting there may be a presentation from Turkey Farm Acquisition, LLC to detail the changes they wish to include in their request. We intend to have our Borough Planner, Borough Engineer, Borough Attorney, Planning Board and Historical Preservation Committees attending the meeting. All Chester Borough residents are invited to the meeting to listen to the proposed changes, to understand the process the Borough will undertake and to voice their questions, concerns and opinions. We assume this process will be ongoing through the fall with discussions occurring at both the Mayor & Council meetings and at the Planning Board meetings.

So we want to know, as the process gets started, what you want to see happen to the property.


fabulous5 September 12, 2012 at 10:11 AM
either a Hotel, or a restaurant like a Mohawk House in Sparta, fresh farm to table food, we have no restaurants in Chester with a upscale vibe that's warm and friendly..we all escape to Gladstone Tavern...90 acres....let's keep it here!
Carrie Stark September 12, 2012 at 11:07 AM
Danny Wegman: Chester needs you!!!! :) :)
Susan Nagel-Rees September 12, 2012 at 11:33 AM
I think a tasteful mini mall with boutiques not chain stores would do very well, there is not enough volume in the area to support a large restaurant
Natalie September 12, 2012 at 12:13 PM
I think a hotel is a great idea, we need one in this area.
Natalie September 12, 2012 at 12:58 PM
I would love to see Wegmans come to this area, but I'm not sure if the Turkey farm lot is large enough, but what about Trader Joes?
Barbara September 12, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Trader Joes is rumored to be opening in Randolph.
Natalie September 12, 2012 at 01:07 PM
That's an exciting rumor.
Stephanie September 12, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Harvest Restaurant Corp...Ciao, 3 West, Tabor House..... If it became a mall, we'd just watch as stores come & go....especially in this economy.
Jane September 12, 2012 at 02:21 PM
I think it would be horribly sad to see this property developed and turned into a supermarket or a hotel. I don't think a mini mall of shops would be successful at all. The village shops struggle and The Streets of Chester has been losing occupants. I would like to see the town purchase the property and keep it as 'open space' as much as possible. Perhaps it could be connected to Chubb park in some way.
Heather F September 12, 2012 at 06:45 PM
I couldn't agree more with this comment! Wegman's, it's about time you head out our way....please!!
Natalie September 12, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Oooh, that could be yummy! I love Trap Rock.
MDL September 12, 2012 at 08:30 PM
A fine country hotel / restuarant would fit in this area. The town needs a comfortable location to allow more time for visitors to explore this part of the county.
Barbara September 13, 2012 at 12:02 PM
MDL- are you referring to what the business owners on Main Street need or what the residents of the town need?
Robin September 16, 2012 at 07:05 AM
I'm surprised at the poll. I do not think a family restaurant would survive anywhere especially in Chester. A Wegmans or Trader Joes would do well. I would be able to pull from the nbring areas. I don't thinks it's large enough for a Wegman's though. A hotel would be great, but I don't think it would survive more than a year. A boutique supermarket is my vote
Ruth Olsen September 16, 2012 at 01:32 PM
So. If we get a Wegmanns or Trader Joes do we change the town's seal to include a picture of one of them? Chester is a small, comfortable home town. A "throw back" in some way to a different time, when people actually DID know everyone who lived on town. If you NEED those. conveniences then maybe you should have moved to a more "upscale" town. The town does not need another strip mall with boutique shops...have you seen how deserted The Steers of Chester mall usually is? We do not need a Other grocery store. If the Chester Shop Rite doesn't do it for you, get in your car and go to Kings in Mendham. If those of you who think that a Wegman's or Trader Joe's or a strip mall with more "upscale stores" would stop playing "can you top this" and trying to impress yourselves with your supposed sophistication, maybe we could find a realistic solution to this property. One that HELPS the ENTIRE community.
MrsT73199 September 16, 2012 at 02:49 PM
How about a teen or youth center?
Laura September 17, 2012 at 01:36 AM
I couldn't agree more, Jane. It would indeed be horribly sad and the traffic from a Wegman's or Trader Joes would only make a horrible intersection even worse. I hope you are attending the public meeting on the 18th!
Laura September 17, 2012 at 02:26 AM
"Like" the page "Chester Residents Against Retail Development of the Larison's Property" on Facebook if you agree that a strip mall development is horribly wrong for this property!
Chestermom September 21, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Sports/athletic center. So very needed for evry child and adult.
Janet Mansky Gerber November 13, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Barbara - could this possibly be true? Would be wonderful - I miss TJ so much.
Janet Mansky Gerber November 13, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Wow. Where to start. OK, my first choice would be to bring back the original Larison's Turkey Farm. We moved here 3 years ago and it was gone by then - we never had the pleasure of going, but I hear it was wonderful. Why did it close? Was it unsustainable? I would enjoy another historic tavern, like Trap Rock, etc - but that will cannibalize Publick House. I would LOVE a Wegmans, TJ or Whole Foods. I don't think they would harm our downtown. I think they would HELP - they would be a huge draw to Chester, and the people that come to shop at Wegmans (or TJ or WF) would likely stay to enjoy our downtown as well. However, I like our Shoprite and would hate to hurt that store. A quality gym - "LIfetime Fitness" comes to mind - would be outstanding. Not sure that it would be profitable enough for them, however.
Laura November 13, 2012 at 08:13 PM
I love Wegman's/Trader Joe's/Whole Foods too but I love GOING to these places. I am absolutely against having one in Chester. The traffic created from these markets would keep tourists out of our local stores and the local stores and Main Street are what makes Chester special. I would much rather be inconvenienced and drive the 25 minutes to Wegman's than have one of these upscale markets destroy the quaintness that makes our town special.
Pat November 13, 2012 at 08:37 PM
No retail stores - we have enough of those and they keep leaving, so more competition is unnecessary. I could live with traffic to have a Trader Joe's, Wegman's or Whole Foods and if not, a farm to table restaurant, intimate and local .
Donna January 02, 2013 at 06:30 PM
I grew up in Chester and still live here. I love the town but we have never had a good italian bakery or market. We always have to travel out of town for these things. It would be wonderful to keep the original building if possible. I would love for a Calandra's Italian Village like the one in Caldwell to open there. They have a great Italian restaurant, bakery/bread, gelato shop, wine shop, pizza, italian market/deli, etc. They have outdoor seating for the bakery/gelato as well as the restaurant. All the shops are connected inside so you can go from one to the other. Here is the website: http://calandrasitalianvillage.com/index.html I think people from all surrounding towns would come to Chester for something like this. Right now we have to drive to Essex or Bergan county to get good italian bread/food. I think it would also be a nice meeting place for Chester Residents to meet up for dinner or just coffee and dessert. Please no bank, CVS or anymore shops, we have enough of these!!
Larry Vitale February 05, 2013 at 11:12 PM
I agree with Donna. If we cannot get a Trader Joe's a Calandra or Corrado's even would be great. Something that brings business to the struggling Main Street and Streets of Chester. Maybe bring in some great restaurants to compliment Publik House. As for Shop Rite, we have TWO not far from one another and a supposed Weis coming. Just no.
Cassandra February 23, 2013 at 02:06 AM
I love the idea of getting better quality, fresh organic produce and health food in my town. Trader joes would be amazing. I also would love a restaurant with outdoor patio seating and cocktails on those warm days when it's just nice o be outside. I am against the retail idea-there are plenty of places to shop for clothes. My family needs to eat well and sit outside. It would enhance the quality of all of our lives.

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