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builder, remodeler receive industry awards


TORRINGTON - Two area building industry professionals are being recognized for their work in Litchfield County and beyond.

Timothy Bobroske of Timothy Bobroske Construction in Terryville and Richard Weigold, owner of Northern Improvement Co. of Torrington, recently were honored as builder of the year and remodel of the year, respectively, by Home Builders Association of Northwest Connecticut.

The event, held at Crystal Peak in Winsted, was presented locally by the Litchfield County Chapter of the greater Hartford Association of Realtors. The association was represented by Torrington Downtown Partners principal Steve Temkin.

Bobroske, whose company has built a number of senior housing projects in and around Litchfield County, said his wife, Lynn, was responsible for his success.

“I owe everything to her,“ he said. “I started out in 1976 as a mason, and we went into homebuilding after that. Lynn runs the property management side of our business, and she’s an amazing women. For going through the thick and thin of running a small business with me has been amazing. I love her, and I love what she does for our small company.“

The Bobroskes have constructed, and continue to manage, senior housing complexes in Terryville, Thomaston, New Hartford and, most recently, Wolcott. Another New Hartford plan is going through the engineering phase now, Tim Bobroske said.

“When I started out I was cleaning chimneys, and I started to learn bricklaying. With the chimney cleaning, I went door to door. I was independent, and I continued from there,” he said. “In the 1980s, Lynn wanted to spend more time with me and joined the business. We had friends that wanted us to build their homes I said, I’m not a builder,“ and they said, ‘yes, but you know who to call.’

“So we started building homes for people, and in the 1900s, we joined the Home Builders Association and took a seminar about retirement. We said, ‘let’s look into senior housing.’ I had an idea about senior apartments, and the first project in Terryville took about three years,” Bobroske said, crediting guidance from the Small Business Association SCORE program that paired him with a retired executive to help.

Since then, Bobroske‘s company has grown. His twin sons Danny and Donald join after high school. “That was 14 years ago, and they’re still with me,“ Bobroske said. “My wife’s assistant Maria Martin is also wonderful, very dedicated. We are fortunate to have such quality people working for us.“

“I am humbled and honored to receive this award,“ Bobroske said. “I wasn’t really expecting it, because we have some really, really good builders out there. I appreciate them voting for me.”

Weigold is the fourth-generation owner of Northern Improvement, and has two of his sons and a team of professionals working by his side. “We do kitchens, baths and facelifts, basically,” he said. “There’s a lot of moving parts, and the technology out there has made the work so different.

“I think the largest reason we are successful is our customer service,” he said. “We have an unbelievable team, and we’re focused on customer service. What we do, a lot of people do, but we really try to serve and deliver. That’s a huge factor for us.”

These days, Weigold is on the road meeting with his customers, learning about them and what they want. “I don’t actually do much of the labor anymore, but I’m definitely engaged with our customers,“ he said. “It’s very important. Once we get the job, there’s a whole lot of progress that continues. It’s a partnership for sure.“

Weigold called the remodel of the year award “non-believable honor.“

“The Home Builders Association is a great organization,“ he said. “They’re out there behind the scene full-time, trying to make things happen. Without them, it would be a much different environment.“

Weigold noted that the biggest challenge for his trade is getting the materials he needs. “The biggest challenge after the pandemic has been the disruption,” he said. “Two years ago, if someone had painted a picture of where we are now, we wouldn’t have believed it. You can’t get materials can’t get paint. We try to source a few different vendors, so if one doesn’t have a what we need, we go to the next one. But it’s hard to get things you’d never think of, like paint. It’s such a commodity.“

Bobroske said he’s proud to belong to the Home Builders Association. “I’m a member for more than 30 years, and we do what we have to do to protect our industry and keep it going in a positive direction. It’s important to have the association behind us,“ he said. “Steve Temkin is the smartest builder I’ve known him for more than 30 years and he’s a wonderful person.”

Residence at Stone Ridge on target, on time


WOLCOTT — When Tim Bobroske broke ground for his company’s latest apartment complex 18 months ago, the Terryville developer had never heard of the coronavirus. No one had. Bobroske couldn’t have anticipated all of the complications the pandemic would cause while constructing the first phase of The Residence of Stone Ridge. There were delays in […]

Terryville developer Tim Bobroske stands outside his latest project, new age-restricted senior living apartments on Park Avenue in Wolcott. Steven Valenti Republican-American

By Emily M. Olson Published 7:00 am EDT, Monday, April 27, 2020

Timothy Bobroske, who with his wife, Lynn, owns Quail Hollow Village in Terryville, Thomaston Valley Village in Thomaston, and Canterbury Village in New Hartford, decided to brighten the residents of these over-55 communities with flowers.

NEW HARTFORD — Social distancing is one of the mandates of the coronavirus pandemic — stay six feet apart at all times no physical contact. In public places, the rules may be a little easier to follow, but people living in an adult community might feel a little claustrophobic by now. They are often asked to stay in their own spaces as much as possible.

Tim and Lynne Bobroske, owners of three active adult communities, have watched their residents soldier on through the pandemic, and noticed some were becoming sad.

“I thought, we have to do something,” Tim Bobroske said. “We have all these nice seniors, cooped up and melancholy. Why don’t we get them some flowers?”

Thursday morning, Bobroske arrived carrying long boxes filled with individually wrapped spring flowers for each and every resident. He started at 11 a.m.

“My wife Lynne and I saw many happy faces and received many thanks,” Bobroske said. “I had such a great day. Doing that just made so many people’s day they didn’t expect it. It makes you feel good, with all this crap going on.”

The couple are owners of Quail Hollow Village in Terryville, Thomaston Valley Village in Thomaston, and Canterbury Village in New Hartford.

Bobroske’s properties are for independent, active adults who choose to live in a community and are over 50. Between the three communities, there are 200 people living in various size apartments. During the pandemic, there’s one basic rule. “Whoever comes in, they can’t be sick,” Bobroski said. “We’ll all stay safe, if we all do what we’re supposed to do.”

Paul Winar moved into Canterbury Village six years ago. “We’re doing pretty good,” he said. “Tim and Lynne are always thoughtful, and they do a good job here. I moved in 6 years ago in June ... when I turned 65, I was ready to move.”

Winar’s approach to staying home is to keep things structured, he said. “I have a routine every day that I try to stick to,” he said “I work out, do a little work on the computer, make a phone call or two. Amost every day, I try to do that. I also catch up on old TV shows. This week it was Dick Van Dyke and old football games.”

Bobroski had sympathy for his tenants, and is looking forward to the state opening up again, whenever that happens. “Our residents are hanging in there, but they can’t wait until this is over,” he said.

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