Jordan’s talks of grand New Haven plans at Hills meeting
(10/16/2013) New Haven Register - Eliot Tatelman, furniture retailer, showman and TV pitchman in parts of New England where his Boston accent is common, once again squared off with New Haven residents over his plan for a “unique and unusual” Jordan’s Furniture mega-store at the current New Haven Register site on Long Wharf.
But this time, Tatelman, attorney Anthony Avallone and some support staff fared much better, with obvious support for the idea of his store/home center/entertainment complex. (The Register is moving to a downtown location in the future.)
At a Board of Zoning Appeals hearing recently, opposition quickly surfaced over the plan’s vagueness for the entertainment component and language in the proposed zoning special exception that allowed liquor sales until 2 a.m. — which made made locals think of a nightclub.
Avallone said it was never Tatelman’s intention to have a nightclub. He produced a new special exception proposal that lists a restaurant open until 11 p.m. and such potential “amusements” as a rock climbing wall, zip line, water show, trapeze exhibition, multimedia presentation, laser light show, skating rink, theater and/or motion ride.
“We will put well over $20 million into this building,” said Tatelman, president and CEO of Jordan’s Furniture. “Unfortunately, we got off on the wrong (foot) and I think you got the wrong image of who we (are) when you heard 2 o’clock in the morning and dance halls and all this stuff.”
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