Protesters target neglected property in Bantam
Protesters on Wednesday stand in front of the former service station in Bantam that has become a blight on the borough. BZ photos
A group of protesters on Wednesday vented their frustration with the state of the former service station in the center of Bantam.
The property owned by the Patterson Oil Co. of Torrington has been neglected since the service station closed seven years ago and has become a blight on a Bantam center that is enjoying a commercial renaissance.
Fran Clem of Bantam, an organizer of the protest, said Patterson Oil should either clean up the property or sell it so something useful can be done with it. Clem and the other protesters said they would be pleased if Arethusa Farm brought the property, demolished the building, and created a park-like setting overlooking the Bantam River.
Ed Pol of Torrington, who leased the service station for 43 years before he closed it down and retired, stopped to support the protesters and expressed dismay at the condition of the property.
A second protest at the site will be held Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
Lauren Sage of Bantam was one of the protesters.
The impeccable buildings housing Arethusa Farm's restaurant, creamery and dairy store are across the road from the blighted site.
Fran Clem of Bantam was an organizer of the protest.
A garden of weeds grows in front of the former service station.
Ed Pol, who leased the service station for 43 years, talks with Fran Clem.