SOUTHINGTON — Two proposed businesses on West Street will not have to conform to the new West Street business zone regulations passed last month, but at least one town official hopes they will consider the Planning and Zoning Commission’s vision for the area.
Applications were recently filed with the town for a 3,065-square-foot building that would house a liquor store at 1700 West St. and a 4,980-square-foot office building at 1829 West St. Both fall within the new zone, which is designed to attract unique businesses to town and give the area a colonial look and feel somewhere between Queen Street and the Central Business Zone on Center Street. The new regulations primarily affect businesses between Spring and West Queen streets.
Acting Town Planner David Lavallee said both applications were filed before the PZC approved the plans for the West Street business zone development on Aug. 20. They would be considered non-conforming and don’t have to meet the new zoning regulations if they are approved.
“We’re supportive of businesses coming to Southington,” said Paul Chaplinsky, vice chair of the Planning and Zoning Commission. “But ideally we would like to see the businesses in that area do what they can to conform. We want respect what came before the West Street business zone, but we ask that they consider the long term vision for West Street.
“There are certain things they can’t do, like their lot sizes don’t meet the requirements for the West Street business zone, but (there are)other things they can do with their site plans to conform,” Chaplinsky added.
Town Economic Development Coordinator Lou Perillo, who showed a few sites on West Street to interested businesses this week, said the new zoning requirements make it more difficult to conform, but that there is still interest.