Commercial building approved on Queen Street in Southington

Commercial building approved on Queen Street in Southington

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SOUTHINGTON — Town planners approved a commercial building on Queen Street that will include offices and space to expand the nearby Kitchen Cabinet Outlet.

The Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved the 6,000-square-foot building for 919 Queen St., a property that sits behind other Queen Street buildings and runs along Camp Ground Road.

Lewis Realty LLC owns the land, as well as the nearby Kitchen Cabinet Outlet location at 931 Queen St.

James Clarke Jr., a manager of the LLC and Kitchen Cabinet Outlet, couldn’t be reached for comment Monday.

Sev Bovino, a planner representing Clarke at the commission meeting last week, said the new building will house offices as well as retail and preparation space for the cabinet business.

The planned building doesn’t have frontage on Queen Street, but Bovino said there’ll be access through the existing Kitchen Cabinet Outlet property.

The company’s plaza will also connect to nearby businesses. Town planners encourage business and building owners to connect parking lots and driveways when possible. Customers can travel from business to business off Queen Street, according to planners, which helps alleviate traffic on the busy state road.

“It gets people circulating in that area in a safe way,” said commission Vice Chairman Paul Chaplinsky. “Hopefully we get some people going from one business to the other.”

Chaplinsky and other commission members said they appreciated the business making the access connections, especially since they were not required.

“We appreciate when applicants come in and go above and beyond,” said commission Chairman Michael DelSanto. “Very good job.”

Kitchen Cabinet Outlet started in Waterbury and opened its Southington location in 2006.
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