SOUTHINGTON — Town officials are pleased with a new office and retail plan for West Street that follows guidelines for the area’s new business zone.
Lovely Development Inc. in Plantsville intends to construct four buildings with a total of about 55,000 square feet at 1095 West St., just south of Curtiss Street. Tenants for the site aren’t finalized, but it will be mostly retail, said Mark Lovely. Work is slated to start in April and finish in the fall.
Three buildings will be located at the front of the property with another building in the rear. A bank and an eyeglasses store are interested and there could be a restaurant.
It is the first application since the West Street Business Zone guidelines were adopted by the Planning and Zoning Commission in August.
“This proposal is exactly what we want on West Street, right down to the makeup of the buildings and the visuals that they gave us is perfect,” said Michael DelSanto, the chairman of the PZC.
For the past 20 years the town has talked about rezoning the area to encourage development of the main road near Interstate 84. Zoning changes primarily affect the area between Spring and West Queen streets, including residential lots on West Pines Drive and Welch Road.
“The proposal was right in line with the vision we have for the corridor,” said Paul Chaplinsky, PZC vice chairman and chairman of the West Street subcommittee. “Having something in place will set tone for further development of West Street.”
Lovely was also on the West Street subcommittee, which worked on the zone changes.
“I knew what they wanted and that was always my vision too,” he said.