Orange residents will soon have new entertainment options as two new amusement centers bring big fun to town.
A plan to build a 4,000 square foot virtual reality entertainment center was unanimously approved last week at the Town Plan and Zoning Commission meeting. The new amusement center, owned by PCS Properties LLC, will be located in a building behind the former Bear and Grill Restaurant at 377-385 Boston Post Road.
Attorney Brian Stone, who presented the plan to the board on behalf of the owners, described some of the virtual reality games that would be available like fighting and driving simulation booths. “I can’t wait for it to open,” Stone said. “It’s a great use and a unique business for the town.”
Another commercial 84,200 square foot entertainment facility, Urban Air, slated to open in the former Bradlee’s site on Bull Hill Lane, now expects to accommodate even more guests than originally expected. Lakshman Paidi, principal of Urban Air, appeared before the zoning board to demonstrate that they have sufficient parking to accommodate nearly twice as many occupants as they originally anticipated. The original application was approved with a maximum of 400 guests but the amusement center has been cleared by the town’s fire marshal to now hold up to 700 people. The facility will feature “family-focused” activities all under one roof, including trampolines, ‘café’ bowling, electric go carts, bumper cars, an arcade, laser tag, zip line, trapeze and climbing walls.
Paidi plans to install state of the art sensors like those used at the Disney properties at every door to track the number of guests inside. “We will always have a number ready,” he said. “The sensors have a 90 percent accuracy rate tracking the number of people in the facility at once.”
The franchise, which is headquartered in Texas, has 50 other locations nationwide. The Orange location would be the only one of its kind in Connecticut and employ a staff of approximately 75. “There will be an emphasis on safety,” Paidi said. “It will be a safe and fun place.”
By Laura Fantarella – Orange Town News Correspondent