The former Coldwell Banker building at 564 Racebrook Road will be the new home of Traveland, a full-service travel agency which is moving to Orange from its Shelton location.
Traveland is owned by brothers Eitan, Tamir and Oded Battat who are celebrating 40 years as a family-owned business. Eitan and Tamir Battat are Woodbridge residents and Oded lives in Bridgeport. The company has three divisions – conventional vacation packages; a luxury cruise department to meet the growing demand for travelers who want a more exclusive cruise experience; and a group and student travel division. “This is a bigger space and the right move for our company,” said Eitan Battat. He expects to open in the new location in July.
The property is a non-conforming commercial use in a residential neighborhood that has been home to an array of business since the 1950s, including a farm equipment store, furniture store, and later a florist, travel agency and professional office space. The Battats purchased it from Frank D’Ostilio who operated William Orange Realty there from 1988-2005 and most recently leased it to Coldwell Banker Real Estate.
A travel agency is in keeping with permitted uses of the property, which was the argument Town Plan and Zoning Commissioners cited when they denied a prospective buyer’s application seeking to use the space to operate an occupational therapy center for children in a 2-2 vote. Property owner Frank D’Ostilio Jr., appealed to the board on behalf of prospective buyers, Amy and Craig Cahill, owners of Cheshire Fitness Zone, who hoped to open a satellite office in the space. Though two commissioners voted in favor of the plan, two cited the proposed use strayed too far from an acceptable use of the property. TPZC regulations dictate applications with a split vote cannot be approved.
By Laura Fantarella – Orange Town News Correspondent