CHESHIRE — A new 75,000-square-foot medical facility received the go-ahead from the Planning and Zoning Commission this week, clearing a path for it to be built in the north end of town.
When constructed, the building, located at 759 West Johnson Ave., will be home to both a surgical and a medical group that are part of Hartford HealthCare network. It will have three floors and be highly visible from I-84, which is why FIP Realty Corporation, owner of the 27 acres of property on which the facility will be built, has referred to the project as a “beacon building.”
It is hoped that the state-of-the-art facility will serve to attract other developers and businesses to the area.
“I have been heavily involved with this beacon project design and we think that this building is at the forefront of technology,” said Bill Hardy, a representative from FIP. “Connecticut has been growing as a center of medical and technological growth, and we appreciate the interest from the commission and the town in this project.”
It is expected that the facility will employ 175 full-time workers and approximately 50 part-timers.
The plan was first proposed at the beginning of the year, and received positive feedback from local leaders. During a recent Town Council meeting, Council Chair Rob Oris commended FIP Realty Corporation and the project, stating that “it will be great for Cheshire’s grand list growth.” The council also agreed to offer tax incentives to the medical facility if it were built in town.
At Monday’s PZC meeting, commissioners reviewed detailed plans and renderings.
“This is going to be a great building,” said Commissioner Sean Strollo. “I have always liked that property for a building, and I think this is going to look amazing and be a great addition to our town.”
Planning and Zoning alternate Commissioner Robert Anderson commended FIP Realty Corporation for the overall modern look of the building, but wanted to know more about its design.
“Because the building looks so new and modern, is the building energy efficient as well?” he asked.
“Oh, yes,” responded Hardy. “The new requirements for the state of Connecticut for building codes actually changed in 2018 to make sure that we are in compliance with efficiency standards. We have items like thermal insulation and roofing, which will certainly aid in making the building beneficial to the environment.”
The project passed unanimously. A construction timeline was not discussed.