Commission backs plan for gas station

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Vinny’s Restaurant and Pizza on Prospect Street in Naugatuck will be torn down. A new gas station and convenience store will be built in its place. –RA ARCHIVE
Vinny’s Restaurant and Pizza on Prospect Street in Naugatuck will be torn down. A new gas station and convenience store will be built in its place. –RA ARCHIVE

NAUGATUCK — The Zoning Commission has given its blessing on a plan to demolish a restaurant on Prospect Street and replace it with a gas station and convenience store.

The commission voted unanimously Sept. 17 to approve the application of a special permit for a 4,500 square-foot building that will include a gas station, convenience store, and a Dunkin’ Donuts on Prospect Street.

Brothers Remzi and Vesel Nasufi, who own Vinny’s Restaurant and Pizza, plan to tear down a multifamily home at 42 Prospect St. and the restaurant at 44-46 Prospect St. to make way for the new building. Remzi Nasufi previously said they plan to reopen the restaurant in Naugatuck, next door to the new proposed development.

Plans on file at Town Hall state the project will take four to six months to complete and it will bring between 20 and 30 new employees to the area.

The approval was granted with a series of conditions prior to construction, including any trees planted around the property will need to be approximately 6 feet tall, and the canopy covering the gas pumps will have to be 14 feet tall and contain the usual lighting.

The retaining wall along the back of the property also has to be made of VERSA-LOK, which is a system of high-strength interlocking concrete units, and range in height from 5 feet to 22 feet. The wall will also have to have a black chain link fence along the top of it.

Earlier this month the plans received approval from the Inland Wetlands Commission and the Planning Commission.