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New Haven zoning board approves Jordan's store

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Jordan's Furniture has won zoning approval here for a store it will open next year in the New Haven Register building, the New Haven Independent reports.

The Register will move out of the space and Jordan's will renovate it for retail and for some of the retailer's trademark entertainment attractions, which the Independent said might include a bowling alley, trapeze exhibition, zip line, Ferris wheel, water show and skating rink. It's uncertain what will go in the building, but the Zoning Board of Appeals approved them all.

The unanimous approval also included variances to allow 600 parking spaces where 1,450 are required and 9,438 square feet of signage where 2,490 square feet would normally be allowed, and to "substantially alter" the tree canopy, the newspaper said.

John Mancini, an engineer for Jordan's, told the board the company will lease the building from the Register and will spend up to $20 million renovating it.

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