On Monday, Feb. 10, the Orange Police Traffic Commission heard a proposal for a new Lounge and Billiards hall proposed for a 3,300 square foot space at 555 Boston Post Road (same plaza as PCW Computer).
Anthony Rodriguez presented his plans for the Christ Is Alive Lounge And Billiards, a family-type business which would offer visitors a Christian environment with no alcohol, no smoking, drugs etc. just soft drinks, snacks and after it’s established, he hopes to introduce a juice bar.
He added that he also wants to provide patrons with cheesecake, possibly from Julia’s Bakery, which is now located across the street in the plaza with Trader Joe’s.
Fire Marshal Tim Smith has approved the space for 197 person capacity.
Rodriguez plans to bring in six regulation sized 9 x 4.5-foot pool tables.
The plans would not require any changes to the building or sidewalk cut-outs and the plaza provides sufficient parking in the front and rear for the Billiards Hall to share with existing businesses. It would be open Monday – Wednesday 11 a.m to 12 a.m. and Thursday – Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. (If approved, eventually it may be closed Sunday and Monday)
Rodriguez was well prepared and had nearly everything he needed to obtain the commission’s approval. He was missing the copy of plans from Plan & Zoning Commission with a stamp for Chief Gagne to sign off on.
Zoning, on the other hand is waiting for him to return with the Police Commission’s approval.
Traffic in that area does not seem to be an issue, but Gagne asked Rodriguez to reach out to the D.O.T. and get a nod from them, since Route 1 is a state road.
New Commissioner Chris Carveth said he believes Milford has something similar and it doesn’t cause any traffic problems.
The commissioners discussed the type of business Rodriquez proposed as most had never heard of a Christian Lounge and wished him well.
Roy Cuzzocreo asked if there were any other businesses like this in the area and wondered if it would be viable without alcohol. “I hope it works,” he said.
Chief Gagne said there once was a billiards business in town that attracted gang members from neighboring towns and cautioned Rodriquez to be aware of the clientele it brings in.
Rodriguez assured them that he would have video security in and around the lounge and stressed that this is a Christian business.
Orange Live will update you on this business as more information becomes available.