SOUTHINGTON – Town and business leaders have seen industrial growth locally and expect more in the coming months.
Town Economic Development Coordinator Lou Perillo said there are industrial parks being developed off Curtiss Street, West Queen Street and Spring Street. On Mastrianni Place, a business owner is looking to build industrial space and could get approval at a Planning and Zoning Commission meeting scheduled for tonight.
Perillo said a seal coating company is coming to Southington along with other building and industrial firms.
“Right now, Southington is a very attractive market for heavy industrial, light industrial and commercial activity and medical office,” Perillo said.
New industrial buildings
Andrew Florian, owner of Quality Restoration, owns the property at 50 Mastrianni Place. He’s looking to get town approval for more than 8,000 square feet of industrial space on the 2-acre parcel.
Florian wants to build space for several small industrial shops and rent them out. He’s seen demand rise from business owners looking to expand. He’s heard from surrounding land owners that they’re also considering expansion and building in the area.
“Nothing was happening there and all of a sudden there’s a little flurry,” Florian said.
Perillo said Edward Reinhard, owner of South End Concrete & Construction and owner of the property to the west of Florian, also plans to develop his land. Reinhard didn’t return a call for comment Monday.
Industrial uses are attractive to town leaders since the businesses pay taxes on equipment and bring jobs. Perillo said industrial taxpayers can help reduce the burden on residential taxpayers.
Building and service trades have been booming, which has helped demand for industrial space.
“People saved money during the pandemic and are improving their homes and businesses,” Perillo said.
Financing costs are also low, leading some business owners to leave a rent and buy their own location.
“Demand is creating more demand,” Perillo said.
The PZC will consider Florian’s proposal during its meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight at the John Weichsel Municipal Center, 200 N. Main St.