New Brewery, Roosevelt Forest, 'White House' on Council Agenda

The Stratford Town Council meets Tuesday night. Here's what they'll be talking about.

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Stratford Town Council members will convene Tuesday night to discuss business concerning the new brewery on Stratford Avenue, a proposal for services at Roosevelt Forest, and a change order for ongoing repairs to the 'White House' on the Shakespeare Theatre property.

The Council's meeting starts at 8 p.m at Town Hall. A public forum precedes the meeting at 6:45 p.m. All residents are invited to speak to Council members at public forum.

Up for Discussion

According to the agenda (attached as a PDF in the photo gallery), Two Roads Brewery Company is seeking to make an amendment to its application for tax abatement to include personal property.

The brewery plans to open at the former U.S. Baird building at 1700 Stratford Ave. in 44 days, according to a ticker on the brewery's website.

It's expected Two Roads will create 15 new jobs within a year and 70 overall. The brewery will feature a Rolec 100 barrel brew house, high speed bottling, an expansive tasting room and space for outdoor events, according to the company's co-founder Brad Hittle.


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Also on Tuesday's agenda is a $10,500 proposal for forestry services at Roosevelt Forest; as well as a referral for work on the "White House," aka the Nicoll-Benjamin House, which sits on the Shakespeare Theatre property on Elm Street.

A total of $8,600 is being requested for the following work:

  • $3,800 for fireplace hearth
  • $1,850 for false chimney
  • $2,950 for wood replacement per field report

Appointments to the town's arts, longbrook park and historic district commissions will also be made during tomorrow night's meeting.

Check back with Stratford Patch Wednesday morning for follow-ups on the topics above.

Twoply October 08, 2012 at 02:39 PM
a false chimney in a historic home?
Shirley B. Backus October 09, 2012 at 03:59 AM
Shouldn't we be putting the money toward something more useful, like renovating the theater itself? Once the Shakespeare Theater is back in business, it will earn enough for further renovations later on. Let's not squander it on "window dressing" and concentrate on bringing in revenue first.
Jason Bagley (Editor) October 10, 2012 at 02:49 AM
Town Council members approved all of the above items Tuesday night. Full story to come.
Mike Reynolds October 10, 2012 at 10:59 AM
The people in this town are so full of crap. Everyone complains, "The White House is falling apart and needs work!" So the town starts the process of trying to make improvements and what happens? Stratford's Complainer-at-Large, Shirley Backus, sounds off and starts complaining that we aren't spending money on the theater. It never ends. No matter what the town does the theater people and people like Shirley will complain. That's why the people in town with a shred of common sense think the theater people are full of themselves and don't support the the idea of renovating the theater.
Shirley B. Backus October 11, 2012 at 03:00 AM
Who would start renovating their home before they have a job to pay for it? It's just common sense to concentrate on renovating the Shakespeare Theatre so it can start bringing in the revenue before beautifying other things. When we have the money, then we can use it. Get the Theatre up and running first. Extra seating and new drapes can wait. Cute little shops and nature trails can wait. "Window dressing" can wait. What revenue will the White House earn?
Jason Bagley (Editor) October 11, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Here's the follow-up on the White House story: http://patch.com/A-y6qT


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