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Developer outlines $100 million second phase for Perkins Farm project in Mystic

Mystic — Developer David Lattizori is proposing a $100 million expansion to his Perkins Farm development, which calls for a 72,000-square-foot medical building and a second 121-unit apartment complex.

Lattizori, who has submitted an application for the project to the Stonington Planning and Zoning Commission, outlined his plans Tuesday night to the Stonington Economic Development Commission. After listening and asking questions, commission members voted unanimously to send a letter supporting the project to the PZC.

The first phase of the project, valued at $85 million, contains a 50,000-square foot Hartford Health Care medical building that  opened in January 2020, as well as 121 luxury apartments known as Harbor Heights and 50 town houses. The final town houses will be completed next month and Lattizori said all 171 residential units have been rented or sold, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. He said he was surprised how quickly the project, which preserves more than half the 70-acre site as open space, was a success.

After phase one was complete, seven additional acres remained for development, according to the master plan approved by the town. 

Lattizori said the new medical building would be built next to and connected with the existing Hartford Health Care building. He declined to say after Tuesday's meeting whether Hartford Healthcare is the tenant for the new medical building. 

He told the commission that neither the new medical building nor the new apartment complex will be visible from Jerry Browne Road, as they will be constructed to the rear of the project and blocked from view by a large berm. 

Lattizori told the commission that phase two would create an addition 100 permanent jobs on the property. Phase one also created 100 permanent jobs.

He also said that when the entire project is done, it would generate an estimated $2.6 million a year in tax revenue for the town.

In 2018, residents overwhelmingly approved a seven-year tax break for the project, which Lattizori said was essential in order to secure private financing and build the costly infrastructure.

Lattizori said the new medical building would attract top doctors and medical providers and provide advanced procedures, so residents would not have to travel to area hospitals.

In addition to needing PZC approval, the project would need to gain permission to send sewage to the Mystic treatment plant. There is currently a moratorium on new sewer connections in Mystic because the plant has reached the limit of sewage it can treat each day under its permit. Town officials are trying to find a solution so they can lift the moratorium.

Lattizori, who said he expects the PZC to begin hearings on his applications next month, said he has already spoken with neighbors of the project as he did with phase one.

His late father had tried for more than 20 years to develop the site for a mix of commercial and residential use but those projects were successfully opposed by residents. In 2011, the commission approved a 36-lot subdivision of single-family homes for the site.

Lattizori, who grew up and lives here, has said he was a week away from selling the site and its approval in 2015 when a resident of StoneRidge retirement community across the street suggested the idea of a project with a geriatric health component. Lattizori then began meeting with a committee of StoneRidge residents to discuss the project with them and gain their support. He then put together plans for the current project, which were met with widespread support.

Lattizori told the EDC on Tuesday that the park at the new apartment building would be named in honor of the late Americo Petrocelli, the StoneRidge resident who suggested the health care idea to him in 2015.

 j.wojtas@theday.com

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