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February 24, 2020

Tenants sought for mixed-use development in Cheshire

Wooded acreage along the I-691 corridor in Cheshire is poised for development.

A 107-acre tract in Cheshire along the I-691 corridor has been branded as Stone Bridge Crossing and is now being advertised as available for lease for a variety of potential uses, including for a hotel, assisted living, restaurant, retail space and residences.

The currently wooded property at the town’s north end has long been eyed as prime real estate for potential development because of its proximity to both I-691 and I-84. Over the last few years, prior plans, such as for a shopping plaza, never came to fruition.

Last summer, Miller Napolitano Wolff LLC and Tri-Star Development LLC secured approval from the town’s Planning & Zoning Commission to subdivide the land, at 1953 and 2037 Highland Ave., into eight lots.

Recently, a large sign was posted on Highland Avenue (Route 10) to bring attention to and market the development. It advertises potential occupancy as early as 2021. Charter Realty & Development of Westport is serving as the leasing agent. 

The developers are advertising opportunities for assisted living, retail/restaurant, urgent care, a convenience store/gas station and hotel on the eastern side of the acreage, off Highland Avenue. The project also includes 300 multifamily residential units near I-691. 

The Ten Mile River runs through the property. According to plans on file at Town Hall, the western portion of the property is bounded by Dickerman Road. Plans are for a residential development off Dickerman Road, with the central space near the river to remain undeveloped. New roads and walking trails are also part of the plan.

The property is among the first in Cheshire encountered by motorists traveling south on Highland Ave./Route 10 from Southington or taking Exit 3 off I-691.

“It is seen as an important gateway, right at the [691] interchange,” said Town Planner William S. Voelker. “It invites a lot of interest, and we are keeping our fingers crossed that good things will happen there.”

According to Voelker, while the subdivision is approved, the town had not received any applications for a specific development as of this week. Prospective property users would have to come back for site plan review and approval before any construction could begin, he said. 

“The subdivision approval was meant to be flexible in terms of acreage and what is needed for the sites,” Voelker said.

Therefore, if particular tenants want more or less acreage, the lot sizes can be tweaked.

Miller Napolitano Wolff LLC bought the property for about $1.4 million in 2005, town records show. 

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August 28, 2020

Absolutely crazy to damage 107 acres of land. When so many unoccupied buildings sit unused. Won’t be happy till there’s no land left or habitat for animals big and small. So stop complaining about wildlife in your yards. They have no place to go. Thank the selfish who need to make a buck on others demise. They really don’t care who they hurt.

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