Work continues on 3-story storage building at former Zandri’s Stillwood Inn

WALLINGFORD — Work to convert the former Zandri’s Stillwood Inn on Route 5 into a CubeSmart storage facility is ongoing.

In February, the Planning and Zoning Commission voted 6 to 0 to approve a three-story CubeSmart self storage building next to the former Zandri’s building, which is at 1074 South Colony Road. The work will add an additional 90,000 square feet of storage space to CubeSmart’s operation already on the property.

The former banquet facility is now the office operation for CubeSmart, with Jim Zandri utilizing kitchen space for his catering service.

Town Planner Kevin Pagini said each floor of the three floors of the new building will be 30,000 square feet of climate-controlled units. Storage unit users will have access from Northfield Road and South Colony Road (Route 5).

The work also includes demolition of some of smaller warehouses on the property.

“They’re going over the existing parking lot area, so they are not really disturbing much of anything,” Pagini said. “They are ripping up the old parking lot, putting the building there, rearranging some of the parking spaces and redoing some of the facade on the front.”

There will be about 150 parking spaces, down from the 230 spaces used by the banquet facility.

New England Storage Contractors LLC is the company the project is licensed under. Sweenor Builders, one of the owners of the property, is the company that is doing the construction. Project Manager Steve Dare said they are currently in the process of constructing the three-story building, which he said will be put up in the middle of the property. If all goes well, the work should be completed within the next year or so.

“It’s wild, it’s not just a piece of property, it’s like everyone’s livelihoods and families and history has gone through here,” Dare said of the longtime banquet facility property.

The Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission approved the plan in November. The property is 12.24 acres, with much of it in the Wharton Brook floodplain.

“That’s behind where you see the structures, that’s the wooded area in the back,” said Erin O’Hare, town town’s environmental and natural resources planner. 

O’Hare inspected the erosion control on the property prior to construction. 

The Zandri family sold the facility that held the Zandri Stillwood Inn to the development company, Grove Real Estate LLC, that is contracted with CubeSmart. Jim Zandri, owner of Zandri’s Catering, is leasing the kitchen to continue his catering business. 

“The catering kitchen is still in operation here, even though there are new owners of the property,” he said. 

Zandri has a tentative three year lease for the kitchen. He said it could be shorter or longer. He is also renting the kitchen out to people who have food service companies, but do not have their own kitchen.

“We still use the kitchen, of course, ourselves,” Jim Zandri said. “But we have other people who make food for delivery, people’s houses, some people wholesale food product, so they are scheduled in.” 

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