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August 15, 2023

Farmington developer seeks zone change to expand medical campus

CoStar 111 South Road, Farmington.

A Farmington development company is seeking a zone change to facilitate redevelopment of a 4.6-acre property it acquired in March 2021 for $1.1 million.

The Metro Realty Group has applied to change the property at 111 South Road, located behind the UConn Health Center, from a professional office zone to the more flexible medical office/research floating zone.

The property contains a building constructed in 1981 that has been used by the United Auto Workers union.

Metro Realty, headed by prolific developer Geoffrey Sager, wants to use the property to expand nearby outpatient medical office buildings and surgery centers.

"The plan is to create a smaller contiguous medical campus to the east of the medical campus located at the intersections of Farmington Avenue, South Road and Birdseye Road," the application says.

Metro Realty is also asking for an adjacent property at 16 Munson Road, home of the former Heublein office building, to be included in the flexible medical office/research floating zone.

Heublein moved from Farmington to downtown Hartford in 1995. The alcoholic drinks company later merged with another company and changed its name to Diageo, moving its North American headquarters to Stamford.

The 19.6-acre property is now owned by UConn Health Center.

The area near the UConn Health Center has seen strong demand for professional office, laboratory and high-density residential development.

It’s part of the Bioscience Connecticut Initiative, an ongoing $864 million state economic development program to expand the bioscience cluster around the hospital campus, including incubator space for biotechnology startups and new laboratory space for the Jackson Laboratory.

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