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Montville approves construction of a retail development on Route 32

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Montville — Garrett Homes LLC, a developer based in Torrington, is likely to begin construction of a retail building on Route 32 in the spring and complete it before the end of the year.

The town's Planning and Zoning Commission approved the site application for the development Tuesday night, with several conditions.

The development includes the construction of a 10,700-square-foot building on a 1.84-acre parcel between the CVS Pharmacy and McDonald's on Route 32. Garrett Homes is under contract with the owner to purchase the land.

But the type of retail the site is for is still unclear.

Planning Director Liz Burdick said the applicant has not informed her of the building's specific retail use. The applicant will have to apply separately for any site signage, she said, one of the conditions for the site's approval.

Developer Matt Eucalitto of Garrett Homes said the building's use cannot be disclosed yet.

The project site is inhabited by two vacant single-family homes with grass yards and paved driveways. Before construction on the project can begin, an asbestos inspection must be conducted for each house prior to any demolition, as per comments from Uncas Health District. The development also needs an encroachment permit from the state Department of Transportation, which it is awaiting.

BL Companies of Hartford is responsible for the engineering of the development and plans for various site improvements, such as paved parking, site lighting with energy-efficient LED fixtures and a stormwater management system.

According to its application, the proposed project will be constructed with traditional New England architectural finishes, with exterior walls consisting of a mix of brick and metal panels.

"The project will provide an aesthetically appealing and energy efficient retail facility, create jobs and generate revenue for the Town," reads BL Companies' application to the town.

j.vazquez@theday.com

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