New plan proposed for former Bristol-Myers Squibb site in Wallingford

New plan proposed for former Bristol-Myers Squibb site in Wallingford

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WALLINGFORD — A permit application for a new proposed use of the former Bristol-Myers Squibb property has been submitted to the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission.

The proposed development at 5 Research Parkway would be a 219,000-square-foot “delivery station” building and 715-space parking lot, according to the application.

A delivery station is one of six types of Amazon warehouses. In a delivery station, packages are prepped for the “last mile” of delivery to customers, according to the company’s website.

Although the term “delivery station” is used in the filing, Amazon is not mentioned by name and the company’s potential involvement has not been confirmed.

Amazon operates a sortation center, another type of warehouse, nearby at 29 Research Parkway, while Amazon Logistics operates a warehouse and distribution center on South Cherry Street, also providing “last mile” service to customers.

A call to company representatives was not immediately returned Wednesday. 

Calare Properties, based in Framingham, Massachusetts owns the former Bristol-Myers Squibb property. Montante Construction, a Buffalo, New York-based construction management company applied Tuesday for the wetlands permit.

The total parcel area is 180 acres with 33 acres of wetlands. No alteration to the wetlands is proposed, but the site design still has a wetlands impact.

The Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission began reviewing the plans during its Wednesday night meeting and scheduled a public hearing for Nov. 4.

In January 2019, the Planning and Zoning Commission denied Calare’s request for a special permit to build two warehouses totaling 1.1 million square feet, which would have produced the largest industrial buildings in town.

Although warehouses are a permitted use on the property, zoned IX, the PZC’s rejection was based on the traffic issues, the size and intensity of the proposal, the incompatibility with the characteristics of the neighborhood and the lack of town staff to enforce all suggested conditions of approval.

The plan also faced significant opposition from neighboring residents.

MIWEC Asset Recovery Inc., a Huntington Station, New York-based demolition contractor began razing the 915,000-square-foot main building vacated by BMS in May 2019.

The building was about 20 percent demolished in September 2019. Representatives from Calare and MIWEC have not returned requests for comment on the status since.

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