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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.


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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