White Oak proposal study results are expected to be ready next year

Published on Thursday, 19 November 2020 11:38
Written by BRIAN M. JOHNSON

@brianjohnsonBP

PLAINVILLE – White Oak proposal study results are expected to be presented at the Jan. 4 Town Council meeting Town Manager Robert E. Lee announced at the Town Council’s most recent meeting.

During the Jan. 16 meeting, Lee said that Loureiro Engineering’s study on the two proposals to remediate the former White Oak Construction property near the Municipal Center will take about four more weeks to complete. The $13,500 study will be covered by state grant money left over from the site remediation at no cost to taxpayers.

“They will evaluate environmental considerations, employment estimates, potential tax and permit revenues, potential traffic and parking impact, and the cost of remediation,” said Lee. “They will also detail potential benefits to surrounding businesses and review the timeline for each proposal.”

Loureiro Engineering will also assist the town in drafting a Memorandum of Understanding with whichever developer is approved. This Memorandum will define the responsibilities of the developer and the town going forward, including specific milestone steps for the property and a timetable.

Lee added that the Planning & Zoning Commission has also reviewed the two proposals and will make their recommendation to the Town Council at the Jan. 4 meeting. Additionally, town staff have contacted Connecticut Main Street Center for their input.

“They offer municipalities a wide range of benefits and services,” said Lee. “Their mission is ‘to be a catalyst that ignites Connecticut's downtown as a cornerstone of thriving communities.’”

Lee said that the local Economic Development Commission will be meeting with this group to get some perspective on the two proposals as well. They will then report back to town council with their recommendation as well during the Jan. 4 Town Council meeting.

Formerly owned by White Oak Construction, the site sat vacant for many years as town staff worked to clean it up for eventual reuse. Loureiro Engineering was previously contracted for the site remediation study.

There are currently two proposals for reuse of the property.

D’Amato Construction Company, which is currently located in Bristol, is looking to relocate to Plainville if the town approves of their proposal for the property. They have multiple sites throughout Bristol and are looking to consolidate.

“They’d be looking to use the property for a very similar purpose to what White Oak used it for years ago,” said Lee.

The other proposal, by Manafort Brothers, Inc., Newport Realty and TWM Development LLC. would see the construction of 155 apartments on the second floor as well as some commercial space on the first floor. It would also see the creation of a 25,000 square foot medical office building. There would also be buildings with large garage doors for use by contractors.

“There would be some 55 and older apartments and some market rate apartments,” said Lee.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com.



Posted in New Britain Herald, Plainville on Thursday, 19 November 2020 11:38. Updated: Thursday, 19 November 2020 11:40.