New storage facility planned for Wallingford shooting range 

New storage facility planned for Wallingford shooting range 

WALLINGFORD — Blue Trail Range will get a partial and polished makeover, with plans for a new maintenance and storage facility in the spring.

In June, the Planning and Zoning Commission approved plans for the demolition of what Kyle Overturf, shooting range general manager, called "World War II vintage" buildings used for maintenance and storage. The PZC also approved construction of new storage facilities. 

Overturf said the four existing storage and maintenance buildings, old Quonset huts, were in need of repair or reconstruction. He added it was more cost effective to construct an entirely new facility.

Overturf said a “ballpark” estimate of the price of the new facility is around $500,000.

Tom Talbot, interim town planner, said the new building will occupy 4,800 square feet.

Overture said construction of the new facility will probably take about four months. 

Blue Trail, 316 North Branford Road, is an indoor/outdoor shooting range open to the public. It also underwent a renovation in 2018 that included improvements to the outdoor shooting area, according to its website.  

The range, which was established in 1945, continues to be open to the public daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“We are operating under Governor Lamont’s guidelines for social distancing for the protection of our staff and customers. All visitors should come to the range with their own masks, which must be worn upon entering the building,” the website says.

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