SOUTHINGTON - The Town Council approved a contract Monday with Mark Lovley for the Beaton & Corbin factory site, which will ultimately become a strip mall after it is remediated.
Earlier this year, Town Manager Mark Sciota explained that the town had been working on the site at 318 N. Main St. for 6 or 7 years. The former plumbing manufacturing plant was abandoned in 1989 and the site suffered from a fire in September 2003.
A remediation was conducted eight years ago. On Monday, Mark Lovley of Mark Lovley Development, Inc. signed a “tri-party development agreement” that will allow the project to move forward.
Town Council Chair Victoria Triano said that she is excited for the day that the property goes back on the tax rolls and once again becomes productive for the community.
“We’re so excited that this project is finally moving forward,” she said. “I’m looking forward to seeing the restoration of the property.”
Triano said that the Connecticut Brownfield Land Bank will now be working with contractors to begin the “final and thorough cleanup of the property.”
Additionally, the Town Council voted to approve a $20,000 Emergency Management Performance Grant. This federal grant, Triano said, helps communities to pay for food, blankets and the care of people who are being cared for during an emergency situation.
David LaPreay was appointed the coordinator of this year’s Apple Harvest Festival and Julia Berardinelli was appointed assistant coordinator. Melissa Cocuzza was also appointed sponsor coordinator. The Apple Harvest Festival Committee also informed the Town Council that the event brought in a $30,000 profit for the town last year.
“Last year we had great weather on all six days of the festival,” said Triano. “Combined with the fact that our coordinators do such a great job, we had a fantastic year.”
Furthermore, Shane Lockwood, health director, spoke about the fire at Smith Medical in December 2019. Triano said that the council was informed that the blaze was contained quickly, thanks to mutual aid from surrounding towns. A minimal amount of firefighting foam was required.
“Smith Medical was also very helpful and made sure that firefighters had access to all of the paperwork they needed about what chemicals were stored where,” she said.
The Sewer Committee reported that work was underway to replace the Blatchley Road pump station with a gravity line, like the rest of the town uses.
The town honored two employees, Keith Langston, shift operator at the Water Pollution Control Facility, and Thomas Donnelly, battalion chief with the Southington Fire Department, for going above and beyond in their duties.
Members of the prior Town Council, including Mike Riccio, Dawn Miceli and Kelly Morrissey, were honored for their past service to the town. John Barry was not present, but he was also honored at the town manager’s office last Friday.
Triano said that it was an overall very productive meeting and that the council worked together with mutual respect.
“I am looking forward to continuing in this spirit of collaboration,” she said.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.