Anyone who has driven around South Windsor knows that there are plenty of shovels in the ground, so to speak, with no fewer than seven major construction projects in the works.
South Windsor Patch sat down with Town Planner Michele Lipe to provide a summary of where those projects are in terms of completion.
FedEx on Sullivan Avenue
The steel framing for Phase I of the 300,000-square-foot distribution center is being put up; the target date for the company to begin setting up the interior of the building is October, Lipe said. The center is designed for an army of the ubiquitous white FedEx trucks to pick up and deliver packages throughout the region. Phase I calls for about 221,000 square feet of the building to be completed, with an 87,000-square-foot addition to be built in Phase II.
Hartford Hospital on Sullivan Avenue
The two-story, 15,000-square-foot office building across the street from Town Hall is scheduled to be completed in October as well, according to Lipe. Nothing has been filed with the town as of yet to indicate if the building will be a medical center, an office building or a combination thereof.
CT Studios on Ellington Road and Fitch Boulevard
The project, which was proposed to great fanfare in 2010, calls for four movie studios, a mill for the construction of sets, a hotel and commercial space on 40 acres in the southern part of town. The project still has momentum, Lipe said. The studios, according to Lipe, are approved and are ready for construction, but the developer, CT Studios LLC, does not have the OK to construct the hotel. CT Studios LLC recently filed a phasing plan that calls for the construction of two studios and the hotel, which needs a detailed site plan before moving forward, Lipe said.
Still, despite the waiting game, Lipe said that the developer “is still actively pursuing the necessary approvals at the local level.”
Buckland Commons on Deming Road and Buckland Road
Construction has begun on the 2,000-square-foot building that will house Farmington Bank, which will be the first branch of that bank east of the Connecticut River, according to Lipe. A second 17,000-square-foot building consisting of retail and office space will also be built on that site, Lipe said.
“We’re excited to see commercial development on the easterly side of Buckland Road,” Lipe said.
International Baccalaureate Magnet School on Long Hill and Chapel Road
The 65,000-square-foot CREC pre-K through 5 elementary school has been approved and work is set to begin any day, Lipe said. The parcel, about 14 and a half acres, must first be cleared of trees before any construction can begin, Lipe said. It is hoped that the project will be completed by January 2014, according to Lipe.
Nutmeg Village on Pleasant Valley Road
The large development consisting of 155 condominium units and six industrial lots on 60 acres of land is still winding its way through the approval process. The Inland Wetlands Commission on July 11 continued its hearing after an intervenor filed to be a part of the application. The Planning & Zoning Commission also continued its hearing on July 10, as it cannot act before Inlands Wetlands renders a decision on the project. After 3 and a half years, the project appears poised to gain approval, however.
Town Square at Evergreen Walk
The plans for this project include 200 apartments in two separate buildings and a hotel to be constructed on a tract next to The Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk. All of the approvals are in place, Lipe said, and it’s up to the developer to start construction.
“We’re ready when they’re ready,” Lipe said.
There are also a couple of smaller projects that are being worked on around town, including the new turn lane into the Town Hall/Library complex.
Lipe said that no taxpayer money was spent on this project, which called for a developer to provide a turn lane into the Town Hall/Library complex as well as the widening of the complex’s driveway. The project was required as a result of a traffic study, Lipe said.