October 4, 2022

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Drive-thru restaurant planned for Pier 1 site near Danbury mall

DANBURY — A vacant retail building last used by Pier 1 Imports bordering the Danbury Fair mall would be torn down and replaced with a smaller building to house a drive-thru restaurant and other commercial space, according to plans reviewed by a city commission this week.

“My client has agreed to buy the former Pier 1 Imports site on the corner of Backus Avenue and Sugar Hollow Road,” said Ward Mazzucco, an attorney representing the developer, during a hearing Wednesday before Danbury’s Environmental Impact Commission. “The existing building is just under 10,000 square feet, and we’re proposing to eliminate that building and replace it with one that is …just over half the size. The new building would consist of a restaurant with a drive-thru and a medical or retail unit in the remainder of the space.”

Mazzucco is referring to plans for a 1.2-acre site on the eastern border of the Danbury Fair mall that has been vacant since 2020, after Pier 1 announced hundreds of store closures.