Cromwell officials are trying to determine if a funeral home should be allowed to build a crematorium in the Coles Brook Commerce Park. Some of the crematorium's prospective neighbors are upset about the possible incoming business.
Luke Dimaria, who owns a funeral home in Rocky Hill, wants to build the crematorium in the plaza off of Route 3. The new crematorium would be built only a few hundred feet away from another one, and residents are upset about the smoke it gives off when bodies are burned.
"They were promised when they moved in that there would be no odor, no smoke and no fumes," said Cindy Gondek, who owns Advanced Copy in the Coles Brook Commerce Park. "And all we see is smoke, odor and fumes."
The engineering firm Sargis Associates moved into Coles Brook Commerce Park last week and the vice president said he did not know about his new possible neighbor.
"We're committed for a while," said Vice President Steve Sargis. "I know the property values are going to tank when that happens too."
The law in Cromwell protects residents in this case. If there was a home within 500 feet of the site, a crematorium would not be allowed. However, businesses are not protected under that law.
"We have 60 employees. All of our vents are on the roof, so we're concerned," Sargis said.
The planning and zoning commission will decide on the issue later this month.
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