How many of you remember the Andrea Restaurant at the corner of Parkerville Road and Route 9? I think childhood birthday parties, end-of-season soccer banquets, and Friday night family dinners. The restaurant has been vacant for more years than I can remember, and every time I drive by the property I think about what could be.
But at least for the near future, what could be is a parking lot. The Planning Board this week gave approval to Farrell Volvo to convert the property into temporary space for up to 90 cars. The two buildings on the property — the restaurant at the front of the lot and an office building in the back — will remain standing but vacant.
“There are only 20 cars there now because business is so poor,” Jim Farrell, who owns the property, told the Planning Board.
If business continues to be poor, Farrell said he would consider leasing out the office space which is currently being used for storage, but “never the restaurant.”
Now don’t get me wrong, Farrell is going to plant some trees and make improvements to the lighting, so I’m sure the lot will look much more attractive than it does now.
But no matter how pretty the lot looks, I’ll still drive by and think about what could have been.