From: Thomaston, CT
Registered: Feb 2003
posted July 10, 2003 03:41 AM
From the Waterbury Republican-American:
Ville Theater likely to see wrecking ball end days as ‘eyesore'
Thursday, July 10, 2003
By Steve Gambini
© 2003 Republican-American
WATERBURY — One of the "last eyesores" in Waterville may be getting a date with the wrecking ball.
The owners of the Ville Theater, for decades a popular movie house, have approached the city about tearing down the now decayed facade.
Building Inspector E. Gil Graveline confirmed Wednesday that he's done several tours of the Thomaston Avenue property at the request of its owner, Coyne Textiles, as a preliminary step toward getting a demolition permit. "There's no paperwork yet," Graveline emphasized; however, Coyne is interested in retaining the rear portion of the building, which it uses for storage.
That portion of the property is in good shape. However, the roof has collapsed on the front half, which houses the marquis and lobby of the old theater.
Word of the potential demise of the dilapidated structure comes as welcome news, said Cosimo "Doc" D'Occhio, president of the Waterville Business and Property Owner's Association and owner of nearby Doc's Motorcycle Parts.
"Oh, fantastic," D'Occhio said. "That's the last eyesore in Waterville on the main street, so we're really happy to see it go."
After the Syracuse, N.Y.-based textile company bought the property, the business owners began lobbying to have something done about the building, D'Occhio said. However, his understanding was that asbestos and other environmental issues with the building made it cost prohibitive.
Vincent Forte, manager of Coyne's Waterbury operation, was out of town and unavailable for comment.
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