Developer Proposes New Medical Facility 

Developer Proposes New Medical Facility 

A Farmington-based developer is proposing to build a three-story medical office building on a more than 27-acre parcel between West Johnson Avenue and Marion Road.

The building would cover an area of 25,000 square feet. With three floors, that building would offer 75,000 square feet of office space.

Representatives from F.I.P. Realty Corporation, which has an office in Farmington, appeared before the Town’s Water Pollution Control Authority and the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission in October and November.

The WPCA granted preliminary approval for the project’s sewer system plans as presented, but noted that developers still need to submit plans for final approval and apply for a sewer connection permit.

The IWWC has scheduled a hearing during its Jan. 7 meeting. The Town's Planning and Zoning Commission is expected to discuss the application during its Jan. 13 meeting.

The property is located in an industrial zone just south of the Interstate 691 east exit off Interstate 84 east. The site so far has been undeveloped.

Town property records list F.I.P. Realty Corporation as the owner. Records do not list a sales price for the property. The appraised value is close to $890,000.

During the Water Pollution Control Authority's Oct. 23 meeting, Peter Autunno, a senior project manager for F.I.P., explained that the firm had developed the industrial park near the vacant lot in the 1970s and the 1980s, according to minutes from that meeting.

During the Nov. 7 IWWC meeting, Guy Hesketh, an engineer who spoke on behalf of the applicants, told the Commission the property contains just shy of 15 acres of wetlands. The plan is to locate the building on the center of the parcel, where its elevation is highest and the soil is dryest.

Representatives for the developers had also appeared before the Town Beautification Committee on Dec. 4. Minutes from that meeting noted that Constitution Surgery Alliance is expected to become that building's owner once it is completed.

Minutes from that meeting also indicate that developers hope to begin construction on the project by next spring.

Attempts to reach Autunno or another representative from F.I.P. were unsuccessful.

Town Planner William S. Voelker, when asked about the proposal, said, “The plan is still under review.”


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