Group plans office, retail building for Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike in Southington

Group plans office, retail building for Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike in Southington

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SOUTHINGTON – A local company has proposed an office and retail building for the corner of Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike and Putnam Drive.

Several business owners formed Winterfell Holdings LLC, which purchased the property at 1248 Meriden-Waterbury Road. 

Stephen Giudice, an engineer representing the company, told members of the Planning and Zoning Commission Tuesday that they’re proposing a 4,800 square-foot, two story building.

Ryan Vassar, one of the company owners who runs other businesses in town, said the building will host businesses run by company members, including a real estate company, a mortgage company, an insurance company and two retail businesses owned by Vassar.

He said Wizards Retro Games, a tabletop gaming shop on Main Street, plans to relocate to the proposed building, along with Mr. Nice Guy Hydroponics on Summer Street.

“It’ll be a big upgrade for both of those businesses,” Vassar said.

The hydroponics business is slated for the first floor and Wizards for the second.

There’s a house on the property, which Giudice said the company originally considered renovating.

“It seemed like a tear down and a rebuild was the best solution,” he told commission members.

Giudice also said there will be landscaping and plantings between the proposed building and Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike.

According to town records, Winterfell Holdings bought the land late last year for $137,000.

Vassar said he and his partners, friends as well as fellow business-owners, decided on the new building as a way to grow their businesses at a highly-visible location.

“It lets us hang out at the same workplace,” he said.

If the plan is approved by the town, Vassar hopes to move into the building later this year or next year.

Town planning staff hadn’t yet analyzed the company’s plans. The commission tabled the application Tuesday night for further review.

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