Berlin and Plainville economic development officials recently met with members of the Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce to discuss current and planned projects.
Despite the slowdown in economic activity during the COVID-19 pandemic, Berlin began working on a few major initiatives this past year.
On project is Turnpike Ridge — a $13 million mixed-use complex near Deming Road with 72 market-rate apartments and 18,000-square-feet of new restaurant and retail space.
Apartments will most likely be available for move-in by the spring of 2022, said Berlin Economic Development Director Chris Edge during the Friday meeting.
The $18 million Steele Center on Farmington Avenue will bring 76 market-rate apartments as well as 19,000-square-feet of a medical, restaurant, retail, and office space. Construction is scheduled to begin next month, Edge said.
Complete Sheet Metal, a Berlin-based metal fabrication shop, began construction of a new, 11,500 square foot manufacturing facility that is scheduled to be completed this year.
In 2020, about 15 new businesses came to Berlin, and at least two more — Provision State Coffee and The Pho Bar — are planning ribbon-cutting ceremonies early this year.Plainville projects
In Plainville, eight new businesses, including a Witch's Dungeon Classic Movie Museum, opened their doors in 2020.
The town also kicked off a new housing project. By Carrier began constructing more than 55 single family homes at Bradley Street and Camp Street. The project is scheduled to be completed this year, said Cal Hauburger, Plainville economic development and special projects coordinator.
Plainville will soon be home to a new Ahold Delhaize USA cold-storage warehouse. The 250,000 square foot facility will serve Stop & Shop, Giant Food, and Food Lion stores across New England and bring more than 130 new jobs.
“It’s a very ambitious project and it’s something that we are very excited about,” said Hauburger.
The warehouse is expected to start operating by 2022, Hauburger said.
The town is also considering options for the former White Oak Construction property, a designated 14.8-acre brownfield in the center of town vacant since 2003.
One option includes building a mixed-use complex, consisting of 160 apartment units, a medical office building, retail and office space.
In 2019, the Tomasso Group purchased over 80 acres of land near the intersection of Interstate 84 and Route 72 to create a biomedical corporate center. The land is adjacent to Hartford Healthcare Cancer Institute.
“It’s about half an hour away from the Bradley International Airport, so it is a very advantageous location,” said Hauburger.