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July 8, 2019

Sprawling distribution hub proposed in S. Windsor

An Indianapolis-based commercial developer wants to build a 421,000-square-foot distribution facility in South Windsor.

Scannell Properties, which recently erected a similarly sized warehouse-distribution facility in Cromwell, is looking to build the proposed South Windsor facility and outdoor storage space at 245 Chapel Road and R008 John Fitch Blvd. 

It has asked the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission for a special exception modification and site plan approval. Zoning officials will discuss the proposal following a public hearing Tuesday night.

It’s not yet clear who would operate the distribution hub, which would be located across the street from Coca-Cola’s new $42.4 million office and distribution facility that’s slated for completion this fall. 

Town Manager Matthew Galligan could not immediately be reached for comment on Monday.

In May, the PZC unanimously approved a zoning text amendment for the I-291 corridor specifically to allow outdoor storage for product distribution centers, making way for facilities such as this one.

Outdoor storage space no greater than 10 percent of the property is now allowed, as long as products are screened from public streets using walls, plantings, fences, or other buffers, officials said.

The Journal Inquirer contributed to this report

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