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November 22, 2022

Developers pay $1.57M for Windsor properties for warehouse construction

COSTAR Developers are planning a new warehouse on Stone Road in Windsor.

A pair of local developers aiming to build a 218,000-square-foot warehouse in Windsor have just completed purchases of properties needed for the project.

The warehouse proposal of UW Realty VII LLC – a company of Glastonbury developer Bradford Wainman and South Windsor broker/developer Robert A. Urso – passed site plan review and gained a special permit from Windsor’s Planning and Zoning Commission in September.

UW Realty paid $1.57 million for five adjacent properties – totaling 21.5 acres – along Stone Road in transactions with three sellers. One was logged Oct. 18 and two more on Nov. 17.

The building site, which includes 12, 21, 27, 33 and 41 Stone Road, is located just southwest of Bradley International Airport.

“We have one of the last developable sites in Windsor that is warehouse zoned,” Wainman said. “It’s super attractive because you are so close to the highway.”

Windsor is among a cluster of north-of-Hartford towns that have seen intense interest from warehouse developers over the past decade. The addition of so many large warehouses to the area sparked concern among residents, which prompted some communities to move to adopt stricter zoning regulations.

Windsor, earlier this year, changed its zoning to require that warehouses in excess of 200,000 square feet obtain a special permit. That process requires more public input and gives the Planning and Zoning Commission greater discretion to consider a broader array of concerns.

The UW warehouse proposal was the first affected by the new special permit requirement. Wainman noted it received unanimous approval from the Planning and Zoning Commission.

“The Town of Windsor is very, very cooperative in development, especially where it is correctly zoned,” Wainman said. “It is a welcoming community.”

Town Planner Eric Barz said the site has “no residential neighbors to speak of,” rendering it a “pretty uncontroversial location.”

Wainman said he and Urso sought the approval on speculation. The partners will next move to demolish three modest single-family homes on the site, he said. Wainman was uncertain if he and Urso would move to build before a tenant is identified.

JLL began marketing the site in October. Wainman said he will shortly open talks with several interested parties. 

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