New development proposal for Cheshire’s north end

New development proposal for Cheshire’s north end

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CHESHIRE —  The Planning and Zoning Commission held a public hearing this week on a request to amend zoning regulations to allow development in the north end of town.

Town property records show that Miller Napolitano and Wolff have owned the vacant property, listed as 1953 and 2037 Highland Ave., since at least 2005. Tri-Star Development LLC is also listed as a property owner on the application. The parcels are located along Interstate 691 and Route 10.

Cheshire attorney Anthony Fazzone, who represented the landowners at the Monday meeting, did not provide details of the eventual use of the property.

The revisions the property owners are requesting would allow a mix of residential and commercial uses, including retail, restaurants, breweries, hotels, banks and offices. Residential properties in the area could include multi-family, assisted living and convalescent homes.

Commission members focused on a change that would increase the size of free-standing signs along the proposed development’s driveways along Route 10, from 100 square feet to up to 400 square feet. The change would also allow signs up to 45 feet tall.

Fazzone described the proposal as a “general site plan.” He added the project is also pending wetlands approval.

Another hearing on the proposal is expected later this month.

Commission members balked at the possibility of installing signs they felt were probably too large.

Commission member Jeff Natale asked Fazzone if there are examples of similar developments that he could provide to “show that’s really what’s required for a property like this.”

“I believe there are commercial districts that do,” Fazzone said in response.

“I’d love to see some pictures and examples of that,” Natale responded. “Even the big developments didn’t get close to 45 feet [tall]. They were maybe 20 feet tall.”


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