CHESHIRE — The Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved a Hartford HealthCare medical office building for a long-vacant property on South Main Street.
Healthcare officials said they plan to open the 50,000 square foot building in 2019.
Developers modified their initial plans for the property at 266 and 292 S. Main St. to include the adjacent 7-Eleven, which will be demolished and used for parking. The medical building will be built on the former Cheshire Cinema site.
Gary Havican, a senior Hartford HealthCare vice president, said the facility will include primary care, dermatology, endocrinology, neurosciences, rehabilitation, cardiology, and full-service imaging.
“Planning is underway to identify additional services for the building that will benefit the community,” Havican said in a statement Friday. “We are looking forward to breaking ground in the spring.”
Initial plans called for a two-story building with a garage on the bottom floor. Builders modified the plan to include an imaging center in what was a garage on the ground floor.
Town officials were pleased with the building’s design and the attention builders paid to the aesthetic in Cheshire’s center.
Philip Doyle, representing the medical building group before the Planning and Zoning Commission last year, said they studied other buildings in Cheshire's central district before designing their office building. The roof peaks and other features were intended to emulate nearby buildings, such as Town Hall.
“Our job is to encourage the applicant to develop it as context-sensitive,” said Town Planner William Voelker. “They spent a lot of time on that.”
He said the landscaping planned as well as the removal of the next door 7-Eleven helped “scale” the building.
Commission chairman EJKurtz III said the prominent South Main Street property has been unused since his high school years.
“It’s an area of town that’s been empty for a long time. It’s nice to see some activity there,” he said.
While the town doesn’t have control over Route 10, a state road, he’s hoping that state officials add a turning lane near the planned medical building to alleviate traffic.
Shawn Mawhiney, Hartford HealthCare spokesman, said there are no plans to change services offered at other locations in Cheshire, such as the medical building south of Cheshire High School on Route 10.
“We believe having multiple access points to various healthcare specialties will only enhance convenience for Cheshire-region patients,” he said.