Wallingford PZC continues hearing on warehouses plan

Wallingford PZC continues hearing on warehouses plan

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WALLINGFORD —  The Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday night continued to review a plan to build two large warehouses on the former Bristol-Myers Squibb property.

The meeting was ongoing at press time.

Calare Properties, owner of the former Bristol-Myers Squibb campus at 5 Research Parkway, applied for a special permit to develop about 80 acres of the 180-acre property. The proposed warehouse/office buildings would total 1.1 million square feet.

Kacie Hand, town planner, said Monday that although warehouses are a permitted use in the zone, a special permit application was required because of the anticipated traffic the warehouses would generate.

Calare obtained a wetlands permit Nov. 9 from the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission. The PZC opened a public hearing on Nov. 12.

The plan drew criticism from neighboring residents, including concerns about noise, traffic, bedrock blasting, watershed pollution and well contamination.

On Monday evening, Calare’s attorney Dennis Ceneviva reviewed changes to the plan since last month’s PZC meeting.

An entrance on Carpenter Lane will be for cars only, not for trucks as originally planned. An existing entrance on Research Parkway would be for trucks and cars.

The revised plan moves a parking area 60 feet west, creating a 2.85-acre reduction in overall work to site.

There’s a new light plan to prevent light spillage off the property, he said, and an independent agency produced a noise report.

Michelle Carlson, BL Cos. project engineer, said the noise report concluded that the sound produced would comply with town noise regulations.

Ceneviva said concerns about wells and town watershed were reviewed by town departments and an independent adviser.

“This applicant (Calare) has made every change expressed by the town to ensure the project works and works well,” Ceneviva said.

Hand’s conditions of approval numbered almost 30.

“It’s big,” she said. “They’re huge buildings. This is something where we’ve tried to put on a lot of added layers of protection.”

The conditions of approval include requiring additional storm water permits, a third-party consultant to oversee the erosion and sedimentation plan paid for by Calare, a spills plan to prevent watershed pollution, a pre-blast survey for wells within 1,500 feet of the blast zone and within 1,000 feet of ripping and any other earth work.



Twitter: @LCTakores


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