SOUTHINGTON — The Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved a request this week to split a 27-acre parcel of industrial land on West Queen Street into nine lots, allowing a plan for an industrial park at the site to move forward.
“We’re just very happy, it’s a subdivision where it gets the highest and best use for our town,” said Economic Development Coordinator Lou Perillo.
According to town records, the parcel has been owned by Southington Land Associates since 1972 and is appraised at $476,550.
Tuesday’s PZC approval allows work to begin on a new private road for the site — which according to the subdivision plan will be called Hightech Drive. However, each building will require its own individual PZC site plan approval down the road. Perillo said two to three businesses have already expressed interest in moving in.
A second industrial subdivision will be reviewed by the town, Perillo said, reflecting the high demand for industrial development.
“As we continue our residential growth, the economic development office is pleased to keep up the industrial growth to provide the right balance,” he said.
Unlike many industrial parks, which tend to have higher infrastructure and upfront costs, Perillo said this development isn’t relying on any state grants or local investments to get off the ground.
Once businesses start moving in the town will immediately see increased property tax revenue.
Each of the nine new parcels will be between 1.17 and 5.28 acres, according to the subdivision plan.
The smaller site pads and easy access to Route 72 to the north and Interstate 84 to the south make it ideal for light industrial companies such as HVAC, storage and electricians, Perillo said.
The site is adjacent to the intersection of West Queen and Redstone streets, with the Quinnipiac River passing by just over the eastern property line.
A conservation easement is included in the proposal, which would prevent development on the eastern side of the parcel, which is bisected by a segment of the historical Farmington Canal.
“I think its a beautiful looking property. It’s a nice industrial park,” PZC member Peter Santago said during the meeting.