Whether you’re young or young at heart, a proposed family amusement facility on Bull Hill Lane will have an adventure for everyone if the plan is approved by the Town Plan & Zoning Commission. Lakshman Paidi, principal of Bull Hill Lane Associates presented a plan to open an Urban Air franchise at 260 Bull Hill Lane. The property was once home to Bradlee’s, Builder’s Square and Kmart, but has been vacant for more than a decade. The new facility would feature 84,200 square feet of “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, a New Jersey resident who also owns Apex Pharmacy, Home Care & Nutritional Center in Hamden, says he is getting into the family entertainment business at the urging of his two children who are eight and ten years old. “It is going to be an affordable adventure park featuring freestyle fun,” he said when presenting his proposal to the TPZC last week. The facility is also expected to host school fundraisers, special events, birthday parties, corporate events and fitness classes. 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.” According to Paidi, though “moms” are the customers, the “clients” will be children age five and up and even adults are welcome.
The Commission asked the applicant to present detailed plans for refurbishing the 547 car parking lot, landscaping, lighting and signage at its January meeting before voting on the plan. Commissioners expressed a desire for the landlord and applicant to “beautify” the outside of the facility as well. TPZC Chairman Ozzie Parente said, “This land hasn’t been touched in 20 years and we’re concerned with the aesthetics.”
By Laura Fantarella – Orange Town News Correspondent