SOUTHINGTON — A self-storage developer is planning to build a storage facility on former farmland on Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike.
J.R. Clisham operates CT Self Stor and has a property under contract from the Crispino family which owns 1588 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike.
According to plans submitted to the town, Clisham wants to clear, grade, fill and install drains on the property in preparation for a self-storage facility. Superior Equipment & Supplies at 1403 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike is east of the proposed self-storage site. Other Superior companies are also in the area on Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike.
The work must be approved by the Conservation Commission, which plans to hold a meeting at the site on March 16.
The four-acre property includes a 5,500-square-foot building, built in 1940. Dennis Crispino’s limited liability company bought the property from the Calvanese family in 2011 for $450,000.
Crispino said the family, which owns the Superior group of companies, has been holding the land for potential expansion for years. It wasn’t on the market but Clisham made an offer for the property. Crispino said he wasn’t even aware of the development plan when they agreed to a contract.
The purchase is contingent on Clisham receiving approval to build from the town.
James Sullivan, vice chairman of the Conservation Commission, said the property was part of the Calvanese nursery and landscaping business.
The commission often walks properties in question to get a better sense of how wetlands are impacted by development. In this case, Sullivan said there’s a stream in the back of the property.
“It’s hard on a map to see exactly what we’re dealing with,” he said.
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