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Wallingford wetlands permits stand as BMS site owner regroups

Wallingford wetlands permits stand as BMS site owner regroups

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WALLINGFORD — Calare Properties can reapply for a site plan permit for the former Bristol-Myers Squibb campus at any time, regardless of whether it’s a new, modified or the same plan, town officials said. 

Calare’s wetlands permits, meanwhile, still stand after the Planning and Zoning Commission denied its request for a special permit to build two warehouses, meaning the company can still go forward with some of the site work approved by the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission. 

The real estate investment firm has not announced any new plans now that its original plan has been rejected, but did state it still intends to demolish the existing building vacated by BMS. 

Calare’s application, rejected by the PZC Monday, would have produced the largest industrial buildings in town. Amy Torre, town zoning enforcement officer, said she expects any new plan will be based on comments made by PZC members about the plan they rejected.

“We hope they would take into account all discussions and information on the record,” Torre said, “and that would drive what they’re doing.”

The approximately 180-acre campus consists of a main building, a maintenance building and power plant, which were built in 1985, and a preschool that was built in 2000.

Erin O’Hare, town environmental planner, said Wednesday that Calare can still perform activities approved by the IWWC in November, including demolition of the existing buildings. 

Calare has not yet applied for a demolition permit from the town Building Department.

At its Dec. 5 meeting, the IWWC reviewed the site plan modification that eliminated the Carpenter Lane entrance, which decreased site activity, decreased paved area and decreased disturbance to the upland review area.

Commission Chairman James Vitali granted an administrative approval for the plan at the meeting. In a memo on Dec.10, O’Hare said the changes presented less disturbance overall and created less paved area, had “no significant impact to wetlands and watercourses” and reduced the total construction activity area, “which means less potential for erosion issues.”

Attorney Patrick J. Heeran, of Southington, filed a lawsuit last month seeking to void the wetlands permit. Heeran’s parents live in the neighborhood surrounding BMS.

Heeran said Tuesday that he and the plaintiffs, Joseph and Deanna Ferry and Marcy DiPasquale, who all live on Barnes Road, are still pursuing the appeal. 

The case was transferred from New Haven to Hartford Superior Court on Dec. 27.

“We have serious concerns about the destruction of wetlands if construction was to go forward at any point in the future,” Heeran said via email. “We will be amending our complaint with new allegations reflecting the information we have learned.”


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