PZC approves new location for Southington dog wash, groomer



SOUTHINGTON — Town planners approved the expansion of a dog washing and grooming business along with two industrial buildings Tuesday night.

Michele Pinette, owner of Fur Babies Self Service Dog Wash, is looking for more space. She’s currently in a 1,200 square-foot location on Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike and on Tuesday was approved to open at 45 Old Turnpike Road. The new space has 3,000 square feet.

“I’ve expanded and grown out of my building,” Pinette told town Planning & Zoning Commission Tuesday. “You bring your dog, you wash them yourself.”

She’s been in business for six years.

Andy Napolitano, the building owner on Old Turnpike Road, also attended Tuesday’s Planning & Zoning Commission meeting.

“We look forward to working with Michelle,” he said. “It’s a vacant space in the building and it seems like an appropriate use of the space we have there.”

Planners approved the move unanimously.

Industrial buildings approved

The owner of a landscaping company is looking to build two industrial buildings on Captain Lewis Drive for his business as well as other tenants. Joseph Gentile, the property owner, also owns Joe Gentile and Son Landscaping.

The Captain Lewis Drive area, off West Queen Street, is part of an industrial subdivision although it’s adjacent to residences as well.

Homeowners in the nearby Forest Hill development, a 55-and-older manufactured home community, shared concerns Tuesday about runoff from the planned industrial development uphill from their houses.

Mike Kane is a manager with Sun Communities which owns the community. He said there’s already muddy runoff from the Captain Lewis Drive property onto residents’ land and wondered if it would be worse after construction.

“The conditions of the property without the buildings is causing runoff,” Kane said.

Stephen Guidice, a planner representing Gentile, said storm water would be addressed as part of the site’s development. He and the owner know there are problems now and designed the improvements to take care of flooding.

“We’re aware of it, we’re proposing a design to correct it,” Guidice said.

Town planners gave the plan unanimous approval Tuesday.

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