WALLINGFORD — John Orsini recently won town approval to build an 80,000 square foot office and warehouse at #8 Northrop Road Industrial Park West at 1070 North Farms Road.
The application is part of a revised site plan to develop the Industrial Park, which was approved in 2005. Because there were no changes in use or any special conditiions, the plan was approved administratively after review by members of the Planning and Zoning Commission.
“We can review after it’s been submitted,” said commission member Jim Fitzsimmons. “ It speeds up the process.”
Orsini, doing business as 1070 North Farms LLC, could not be reached for comment about the intended use for the parcel and building.
According to plans, 10,000 square feet of the building will be office space and the remainder will be warehouse space. There will also be a 7,800 square foot storage building and parking space for 117 cars.
Northrop Industrial Park is part of an 88-acre parcel that straddles the Meriden/Wallingford line. Orsini received town approval in 2005 to build two structures and two access roads and has since built out the park for various tenants.
Orsini tried unsuccessfully four times to build an auto auction on the land beginning in 1998. Neighbors in the Murdock Avenue, North Farms Road and Northrop Road areas vehemently opposed the plan. Orsini eventually abandoned the auto auction plan and in 2002 won permission to build seven warehouse-style buildings and two access roads on the nine lots.
The current plan calls for developing lot 8 of the western side of the industrial park and lot 6 for drainage improvements. The warehouse will have multiple truck docks and loading doors along the south side. Orsini will also enlarge an existing detention pond to detain water for the industrial park. The project will require 10,000 to 20,000 cubic yards of fill to complete.