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January 18, 2022

Winstanley proposes 819,000-square-foot distribution center in Enfield 

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Winstanley Enterprises is proposing an 819,000-square-foot distribution center in Enfield as the final stage of a redevelopment of the former Hallmark property.

Hallmark announced plans to close its 1 million-square-foot distribution center in 2015, trimming more than 500 jobs in the process.

Winstanely paid $12 million for the 324-acre property the following year, announcing plans for redevelopment that would return jobs to Enfield.

The company reports spending more than $41 million to renovate two Hallmark buildings on the Bacon Road site. That brought three new tenant companies in 2018.

Winstanley also carved off a 200-acre parcel – 35 Bacon Road – for redevelopment. That space is the focus of this final redevelopment push for the Hallmark property.

The new distribution center will consist of two tenant spaces of 318,000 and 501,000 square feet, respectively. Two undisclosed companies have signed letters of intent to occupy the new buildings, according to Winstanley spokesman Matthew Watkins. 

Winstanley will begin the local permitting process on Tuesday night with an appearance before Enfield’s Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Agency, followed by the start of site plan review before the Planning and Zoning Commission on Jan. 27.

In a release announcing its plans, Winstanley notes town zoning allows warehousing and distribution at the 35 Bacon Road development site. That means there is no need for a special permit or additional approvals, the company notes.

Still, Winstanley worked to address the concerns and desires of neighbors, according to the release. That meant restricting development to half the site and maintaining a buffer of trees to neighborhoods to the east and west of the development site, among other accommodations. The company also noted a “robust” storm water management plan.

 “We feel strongly that the plan represents a balance of physical feasibility, economic viability, market supportability and resource conservation,” said Adam Winstanley, President of Winstanley Enterprises. “We look forward to moving the project forward.”

Winstanley hopes to break ground by June 1 and complete the project in June 2023, according to Watkins.
Winstanley already owns several industrial leasing spaces in Enfield, including a 500,000-square-foot distribution center leased to Advanced Auto Parts; a 600,000 square-foot office, warehouse and distribution facility leased to Lego and Coca-Cola Bottling; as well as a 500,000 square-foot warehouse under construction on North Maple Street that will be occupied by Agri-Mark dairy products and life-science company Eppendorf.

“We’ve developed a proven track record of breathing new life into properties that we’ve acquired, and this location presented an exciting and unique opportunity,” Adam Winstanley said of the 35 Bacon Road project.



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