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New hotel proposed near I-84 in Southington

New hotel proposed near I-84 in Southington

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SOUTHINGTON — A hotel could be coming to the intersection of West Street. West Main Street and Marion Avenue.

Town Economic Development Coordinator Lou Perillo said he’s supporting the construction of a boutique hotel for the area near Interstate 84.

“Given the nature of the zone, it’s one of those gateway properties that can really set the tone when you come into the area,” he said.

GLNK LLC bought the property at 17 West St. for $400,000 in 2016. State records list Jaymin Mehta of Canton as a member of the company. Mehta didn’t return calls for comment Monday.

Mehta is looking for Zoning Board of Appeals approval to build a four-story building on the 1-acre site. The current regulations only allow three stories.

The board is scheduled to meet tonight at 7 p.m. at the John Weichsel Municipal Center, 200 N. Main St.

Mehta got approval to build a gas station and convenience store on Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike earlier this year. Perillo said the developer is interested in other town property.

“He’s making considerable investment in our community,” he said.

Perillo said a hotel could fit well with other economic activity in town. Kinsmen Brewing opened an event venue on Canal Street recently, Plantsville downtown is scheduled for improvements and the nearby Farmington Canal Heritage Trail attracts users. Perillo wants Southington known as a recreation destination, which requires places for visitors to stay.

“When you look at the tax revenue, hotels provide the biggest bang per acre,” Perillo said.

Plans submitted by Mehta show a building in the center of the corner property, surrounded by parking. On the plans, Mehta wrote that although he wants a fourth story, the building won’t be taller than 65 feet, the maximum height allowed by regulations in the area.
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