Commercial Property Available In Orange

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May 272018

Since Orange Live has readers from New York to Boston, In cooperation with the Orange Economic Development Corporation, Orange Live will offer listing of different commercial properties now available in town.

Firelite Shopping Center (Mixed Use), 35 Old Tavern Rd, Orange, CT. 06477 – Has 54,791 Square Feet +/- with Approximately 6.6 +/- Acres plus 372 Parking Spaces for Future Development. So Much Potential for this Prime Location.

Property is located on Old Tavern Road and Corner of Racebrook Road at the Intersection of US RT 1 (Boston Post Road) and Racebrook Road. Currently Totals 5 Buildings. Retail, Bank, Commercial, Office, Possible future development. Easy for any Commuter. Minutes to I-95, Merritt Pkwy (Wilbur Cross Pkwy), Rt.34 (Derby Ave)

For Sale $4,400,000.00

Arnold Peck’s Commercial World



You may view the complete listing at https://www.orangeedc.com/Available_Properties/

Notes In A Nutshell: Town Plan & Zoning Commission

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Sep 022014

Screen Shot 2014-09-02 at 7.42.14 PMTonight’s Town Plan & Zoning Commission meeting was brief, but many subjects were covered.

Economic Development Director Paul Grimmer requested (in writing) a zone change for the corridor between Prindle Hill Road and the Boston Post Road in order to attract more business to Orange.

This is the area of the Capecelatro property where there currently are greenhouses.

The subject will be discussed further at the next TPZC meeting where Grimmer will be present.

There is a draft of the plan of conservation and development that will be presented in two weeks.

Paul Dinice said he has had many blight and bamboo complaints recently.

One problematic blighted property has been cleaned up.

“Illegal” signs on the Boston Post Road need to be addressed, according to Chairman Walter Clark.

Temple Emanuel Application was not fully prepared, so it has been continued to the next meeting in 2 weeks.

Is Your Business In On The Boston Post Road Banner Program?

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Jan 272014

24133338_BG1The Boston Post Road Banner Program is a relatively straight forward program.  Local businesses have the ability to sponsor banners that are set on the 36 decorative light poles along the length of the Boston Post Road for a one year period.

Each banner costs $600 per year and they are highly visible (Our Orange Live Banner recently was shown on WFSB 3 during a story).

This is an excellent way to advertise your business every day of the year, to the 25,000+ cars that traverse the Boston Post Road on a daily basis.

To sponsor a Banner, call Mary or Paul at 203-891-1045 for a complete listing of the available locations.  They will work with you to design the perfect banner for your specific business.

“ACT Quickly as sponsorship locations are going fast,” Paul Grimmer, Orange Economic Development Director said. “We have already sold 16 of the available 36 banner locations.”

Democratic Candidate Ken Lenz on Economic Development

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Jul 252013


THIS is a press release from the Orange Democrats

In Ken Lenz’s published remarks from his speech in April, 2012 accepting the Democratic Party nomination for first selectman he stated he would seek economic development and investment in the town’s industrial zone from regional, national and international sources so as to increase the town’s tax base and reduce homeowners’ tax burden.

In response, at the Orange Republicans’ Caucus earlier in July the incumbent First Selectman stated that while Kenneth Lenz, his Democratic opponent, was talking about “going overseas to search for economic development,”  he is “pursuing a number of realistic projects” with developers from Texas and New Jersey.   If the incumbent’s comment was meant to imply that seeking economic development outside of the United States is not realistic, he should be reminded that many of the largest businesses ever located in Orange are or were from overseas companies,  Bayer (Germany), Saab-Scania (Sweden), Stop & Shop Supermarkets—Ahold (Netherlands) and Pez (Austria), to name a few.

However, the fact is that more than $2.7 Trillion of foreign investments are made within the United States, more foreign investments in fact than in any other country in the world.  (Source: “CIA – The World Factbook” at Cia.gov. last updated July 10, 2013.)

Robust Economic Development is one of the main campaign platforms Lenz has announced for the Orange Democrats that will be discussed in public and debated with the incumbent.  It matters little whether that economic development comes from across the street or from foreign investors.   What does matter is that the town’s chief executive makes himself and the town open to such opportunities from potential developers by consistently being in his office in Town Hall, and following up on phone contacts by interested developers and businesses.

In order to spur economic development what is needed is not campaign rhetoric about contacts with potential developers; what is needed is a sustained, knowledgeable focus on economic development, and marshaling all available resources from local, state and federal economic programs to encourage it.

As the nation’s economy begins to gradually improve as the 2008 recession abates, it is the ideal time to seize the opportunity to encourage development of Orange’s industrial area.

Town Finances Are Solid: Budget Referendum May 21

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Apr 112013

First Selectman Jim Zeoli speaks to the press at town hall about the budget on April 5.

First Selectman Jim Zeoli speaks to the press at town hall about the budget on April 5.

First Selectman James Zeoli invited members of the press to an intimate press conference at Town Hall on Friday, April 5, during which he and Finance Director Al Chiarenzelli explained details of the proposed 2012-13 Town Budget.

One good bit of news is that, compared to many surrounding municipalities, the town of Orange is financially stable. “Our budget and finances are solid, we’re like Gibraltar,” Zeoli said.

On Wednesday, April 24, the Board of Finance Budget Hearing wilt take place at High Plains Community Center at 7:30 p.m.

Residents will hear the complete details of the $61.4 million budget — a 3.6 percent increase over the

Orange Finance Director Al Ciaranzelli answers a question about the mill rate.

Orange Finance Director Al Chiarenzelli answers a question about the mill rate.

current budget which ends in June. As always the majority of the budget is allocated to the Amity school system — $21.6 million and the Orange school system will receive $18 million.

Healthcare increases, energy costs and workman’s compensation payments, and union pay increases are to blame for the budget increase.

Homeowners will be interested to know that the current mill rate of 31.2 will not change.

A mill is a $1 tax per $1,000 of assessed value. According to Chiarenzelli, the average home resale value in Orange is $355,500 and the commercial market value is $328,800.

Chiarenzelli said the town’s grand list — a list of all taxable properties in town — is $2.5 billion, an increase of 4.5 to 5 percent.

Excellent economic growth in Orange helped  the grand list tremendously: notably the two United Illuminating buildings on Marsh Hill Road, which pay $90 million in taxes, Colony Hardware on South Lambert Road and Aurora Products’ purchase of the long vacant Finley Jewelry site.

Points of interest:

Currently, Orange has an AA+ bond rating and, as many residents are aware, the town will be selling $15.4 million in bonds to fund school and necessary municipal projects.

The first selectman, town clerk and tax collector have not received a raise in three years.

The state proposal to eliminate car tax payments died in Hartford. Had it passed, it would have cost the town $3.46 million in funds collect from car taxes.

The annual Town Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m. at High Plains Community Center.

The Budget Referendum will take place at High Plains on Tuesday, May 21 from Noon to 8 p.m.