Industrial park proposed for Southington

SOUTHINGTON — Native builders wish to subdivide a Curtiss Avenue property to fulfill demand from small industrial firms.

Richard Munson, a neighborhood property proprietor, and Swavek Olchanowski, proprietor of CT Masons, need city approval for the plan. They’re seeking to develop 136 Curtiss St., an industrial property with one small constructing that’s been used for storage not too long ago.

“There are greater previous manufacturing buildings just like the previous Pratt & Whitney, however they’re form of arduous to subdivide,” Munson stated. “What we’re hoping to construct and be capable to entice is individuals who desire a 4 or 5 thousand sq. foot constructing or greater.”

City information listing Virginia Cayer and Patrick Delahunty of Massachusetts because the property homeowners.

Demand for industrial area

Munson owns an industrial constructing at 172 Lazy Lane with tenants together with building firms, machine retailers, software distributors and mechanical contractors. He’s envisioning an analogous mixture of firms on the heaps deliberate for the Curtiss Avenue property.

Proposed buildings within the industrial subdivision vary from 7,000 sq. ft to over 20,000 sq. ft. Munson stated he’s seen the demand firsthand when he has vacancies at his Lazy Lane property.

“As quickly because the areas change into out there, it looks like there’s all the time three or 4 individuals standing in line to get into this area,” he stated.“In Southington, there appears to be an actual lack of that form of area.”

The concrete block constructing on the property now could be torn down. Munson stated it’s in the way in which of the proposed roadway which might join the heaps on the lengthy 22-acre property. For the reason that land is zoned industrial, Munson stated firms might use the property for out of doors storage of vehicles and different gear.

Failed residential bid

Two years in the past, city planners rejected a plan to rezone the property and construct housing. Native residence builder Mark Lovley proposed a 30-unit age restricted housing improvement.

City leaders, together with Financial Growth Coordinator Lou Perillo, efficiently fought the rezoning of commercial land. They argued that industrial land was worthwhile to the city’s tax base.

Michael DelSanto, a City Council member and Financial Strike Committee chairman, stated rezoned industrial land by no means returns to its authentic use. Industrial areas pay taxes however use fewer providers than housing developments, serving to to ease the tax burden on householders.

DelSanto additionally stated there was demand and cause to maintain industrial land zoned as it’s.

“I really like the entire thought of small machine retailers and landscaping firms and lightweight enterprise coming to city,” he stated. “The sunshine industrial is coming, and we’ve bought to discover a spot for these people.”

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