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December 1, 2022

Windsor lands Target distribution center

Courtesy of JLL Target Corp. will occupy a scaled-down version of this distribution center planned in Windsor.

Target Corporation will occupy a new warehouse on the Great Pond development campus along Windsor’s Day Hill Road corridor.

NorthPoint Development Group has signed Target as a tenant for a new 530,000-square-foot industrial building at 500 Groton Road.

This is a scaled-down version of earlier plans calling for a 750,000-square-foot warehouse that was being built by NorthPoint without a secured tenant.

The online pet food and supply company Chewy had shown interest in the warehouse, but plans did not come to fruition. 

A Target spokesman confirmed this week that the company has plans to open a supply chain facility in Windsor “in the coming years to support Target’s continued growth.”

Windsor Economic Development Director Patrick McMahon said a Target distribution center is an ideal use for this site, bringing in jobs and a boost to nearby businesses. 

The Day Hill Road corridor, he added, was designed using form-based code to accommodate such industrial and logistical projects.

Plans for a similar 525,000-square-foot Target distribution center drew criticism from residents in Westfield, Mass., who were mainly concerned with truck traffic near residential neighborhoods.

McMahon said town officials have no such concerns with a Target distribution center because the Day Hill Road area was designed for these exact uses, and the corridor offers convenient access from Interstate 91 right to Day Hill Road, avoiding the need for trucks to pass through neighborhoods or downtown areas. 

With the form-based code, as long as development plans fit in with the outline of the area, the Target project will not need town land use board approvals.

The Target warehouse is a partnership between Winstanley Enterprises and NorthPoint Development, and part of the Great Pond industrial project within the massive 650-acre Great Pond Village that will include housing, open space, retail storefronts, warehouses, bioscience and data centers. 

Also along the Day Hill Road corridor, Columbus, Ohio-based Safelite Group, parent company of Safelite AutoGlass brand, has signed a long-term lease to occupy 165,625 square feet in the Baker Hollow Logistics Center, at 105 Baker Hollow Road.
The Baker Hollow Road center is still under construction but should be completed by the end of the year. 
Target officials did not provide details of the lease or a project timeline.

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