New Milford sports complex closes
NEW MILFORD -- As one indoor sports complex closes its doors in town, another is trying to open in the same Still River Drive area.
Connecticut Sport Complex on Lanesville Road is shutting its doors. Owner Karl Noivadhana sent an email last week telling his "loyal customers and friends ... I am not generating enough revenue to keep it going." Noivadhana thanked everyone for their support over the nearly seven years he has had the business.
At 54, Noivadhana had seen his dream of an indoor, all-weather soccer place come true when he opened the doors of the complex in October 2002.
But with the recession and players of soccer, field hockey, flag football and lacrosse not turning out to play those sports under the roof of his complex, he has closed the doors on that dream.
The facility will sit vacant, with its non-descript exterior shell sheltering two large playing fields, measuring 75-feet wide and 165-feet long, with two levels of viewing and a lower level for parties or coaches meetings, will sit vacant.
The CSC Web site shows all classes are closed for registration, but the link for further information on the closing went to a blank page.
"It was hard to say good-bye to all my customers tell them, You can't play here anymore,'" Noivadhana said Sunday. "It was very sad."
But as Noivadhana, a Brookfield resident, says good-bye to the town, Sherman resident Warren Rubin has plans to build a 21,877-square-foot indoor sports complex just down the road on Still River Drive.
Now before the Zoning Commission, the application cites several uses that would occur there, including yoga, Pilates, weight training and cardiotraining. A sprint track would be in the facility as well as a golf simulator.
A public hearing on the proposed complex closed July 25. Paul Symanski, an engineer who presented the proposal, was harried by Danbury attorney David Bennett. Bennett was representing The Club, a similar sports complex located on Grove Street.
"My client welcomes the competition," Bennett said after a public hearing session. "Competition is what makes for good business. They just want to assure that all of the town's zoning regulations are followed."
In a compromise to complaints by Bennett that the six silhouettes planned for the exterior of the building constituted too much signage, Symanski agreed to place only four 13-foot high silhouettes of athletes engaged in sports on the exterior of the metal building.
The present owner of the Still River Drive property, Tom Pilla, received approval for a 20,000-square-foot industrial use building on the parcel in 2007. The sale of the property to Rubin hinges on the Still River sports complex receiving approval for a special permit by the Zoning Commission.
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