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Southington PZC differs on AAA building for Queen Street

Southington PZC differs on AAA building for Queen Street

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SOUTHINGTON — The Planning and Zoning Commission tabled a vote on a AAA building proposed for Queen Street Tuesday after members couldn’t agree on whether to vote on approving a plan modification.

Midland Retail proposed a 46,000 square foot AAA office and garage building for a collection of properties near Queen Street, Upson Drive and Chaffee Lane. The development requires a special permit and a site plan modification from the commission.

Paul Chaplinsky, commission vice chairman, made a motion to approve the plans with stipulations which included easements to connect the property with nearby businesses developments, a means the commission uses to divert traffic from Queen Street.

No other commission members seconded the motion.

The development, which includes formerly residential properties, is part of a larger effort by local developer John Senese to build along Queen Street and have thus far included medical buildings, a grocery store and restaurants. His efforts have met with opposition from area residents and his various developments have been on the commission’s agendas for months.

The commission voted last year to implement a business overlay zone on the residential area which allows development but keeps the underlying zoning residential.

Peter Santago, a commission member, said he was frustrated that developers were coming back to the commission for the same properties.

“Three meetings ago I thought we were done with stipulations and going back and forth,” Santago said. “How many times are they going to come back?”

Chaplinsky said developers were required to get commission approval in this case by town regulations. Any other business looking to build on the land would also have to get town approval.

“It’s a business use. There can be a lot of other business uses that may be more intrusive, may be less intrusive,” Chaplinsky said. “This one did a good job (with their application.)”

DelSanto agreed, saying it was certain that a business would want to establish itself on land along Southington’s busiest road.

“It’s going to be developed,” he said. “I’ll put my paycheck on that.”

With no motion put forward to deny the application, Chaplinsky suggested the commission table which was supported unanimously.


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