WALLINGFORD — A local car hauling company received unanimous site plan approval this week from the Planning and Zoning Commission.
East Side Auto Transport, headquartered at 32 North Plains Industrial Road, submitted a site plan application in September to construct a 9,720-square-foot indoor car storage building on a 3-acre vacant plot at 6 Research Parkway, across the street from the former Bristol-Myers Squibb campus.
The company delivers new cars on 18-wheel car carrier trucks to dealerships along the East Coast. The business owns 35 trucks and moves about 2,000 cars per week, general manager Grant Kolton said in December.
The business obtained a wetlands permit on Dec. 5, 2018, and went before the planning commission on Jan. 14.
At the January meeting, commission members raised concerns about the turning radius and movements of car carriers.
Dennis Ceneviva, attorney for East Side Auto Transport, agreed to withdraw the site plan application and reapply, to give the business more time to show how car carrier trucks will maneuver on the site.
Although the site plan application was on the commission’s Feb. 11 agenda, it was not heard that evening.
Ceneviva, business owner Kenneth Quartuccio and project engineer Mike Ott, of Summer Hill Civil Engineers, presented the new application Monday.
Ott said traffic engineers from Milone and MacBroom, a civil engineering firm, conducted an analysis that demonstrates carrier trucks of the size Quartuccio uses “can adequately enter the site, and turn around, and safely exit the site.”
Milone and MacBroom made some recommendations to better allow trucks to turn right without crossing the center line of Research Parkway.
Town Planner Kacie Hand brought up in January a concern about light trespass from a streetlight onto Research Parkway.
Ott said that he checked with the lighting company, and reported that the light could be shielded so that no light will shine in the travel lanes of the road.
He said that there’s a full landscape plan that adds additional tree screening along the western property line, which abuts Thorpe Avenue, a residential area.
The property is in the watershed protection district. Ott said there are a few more stormwater management issues to be worked out.
“We will need to make some minor revisions,” he said.
Ceneviva said in January the building would be 24 feet tall, have five bay doors and 7,800 square feet of storage area. The rest would be offices.
Quartuccio reviewed how his business works, stating how cars are picked up, hauled and delivered along the East Coast.
He said that he’s pursuing the site on Research Parkway because he needs indoor storage space for high-end cars.
Currently, trucks back into the North Plains Industrial Road site, and he’s seeking more room to maneuver.
He also wants to move all office space to Research Parkway.
Although it was not a public hearing, commission members allowed attendees to comment on the plan.
Will Brennan, of 75 Thorpe Ave., said he was concerned about truck noise and exhaust.
Robert Kesilewski, of 117 Thorpe Ave., said he wants a different barrier since trees don’t hold back “smoke.”
“You’re not going to be able to keep the windows open in your house,” he said. He added that he was concerned about the hours of operation, which sometimes begin at 3 a.m., and the noise generated.
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