June 13, 2018

S. Windsor PZC OKs 3 new commercial buildings

South Windsor's Planning and Zoning Commission Tuesday unanimously approved the site plan to build three new commercial buildings totaling 32,000 square feet at 150 Sullivan Ave., with a minor modification to include more handicap parking spaces.

During Tuesday's public hearing, developer Phil Tartsinis of South Windsor-based AMF Property Management and engineers presented a prototype of one of the new buildings and the site plan.

The development, next door to a regional animal shelter, provides space for potential retail, offices, and restaurants.

Although tenants for the new buildings are unidentified at this time, Tartsinis said the layout accommodates a drive through restaurant "in case something comes along."

There is nothing in the area to service the people living nearby on Old Main Street, Tartsinis said, adding that the commercial area would be a convenient, well-maintained site with high exposure to the road. Town residents as well as surrounding communities would benefit from the center, he said.

Drawings of the now approved development layout show that two buildings are both 9,600 square feet, while the third is 13,165 square feet.

The prototype building design is similar to Mexicali Grill at 935 Sullivan Ave., a property that Tartsinis also developed. For the new buildings, however, Tartsinis said he was open to different colors and aesthetics.

According to the plans, the three buildings will be constructed on the edge of the triangle-shaped parcel, with parking lot spaces located in the center.

The layout shows that extra parking spaces are included: 146 spaces total are required by PZC regulations to accommodate the three buildings, and the plans call for 158, Tartsinis said.

In Tartsinis' original plan, six of the 158 spaces would be allocated for handicap parking spaces.

Following comments from commission members, three additional handicap spaces were added before the plan was approved.

"I think it's a good idea," Tartsinis said regarding the additional spaces. "We want a project to take care of the community and be safe."

The next step is gaining approval from the Water Pollution Control Authority for the development's sewer connection. Then, the town must apply to the Connecticut Department of Transportation to gain approval for a driveway off of Sullivan Avenue, a state road.

In other business, the commission also unanimously approved a request from KAZ Equipment for a wash bay, used as a self-contained system for washing machines and small equipment, that also recycles the water it uses.

Kaz Equipment is relocating to 67 McGuire Road from its current location on South Satellite Road, town Planning Director Michele Lipe said. The business sells and repairs small construction equipment.

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