A developer is asking the Shelton Planning and Zoning Commission to change the former United Illuminating (UI) property along Bridgeport Avenue from industrial use to allow retail, office and hotel space.
According to a Valley Independent Sentinel report, the proposal would require that the 19-acre property at 801 Bridgeport Ave. be rezoned to a planned development district.
The proposal calls for:
• a four-story, 123-room hotel;
• a three-story, 4,400-square-foot office building;
• three retail buildings encompassing 30,100 square feet;
• three restaurants totaling 16,776 square feet; and
• a three standalone businesses: a 14,200-square-foot pharmacy, a 2,500-square-foot coffee shop and a 2,200-square-foot bank.
UI bought the property in 2004 for $16 million, but later consolidated its operations in Orange. It has remained unused for about five years. The property, which is now home to an empty 100,000-square-foot two-story office building, is in the process of being sold for $6.6 million to a limited liability company managed by John Worgan, an accountant in Middlebury, but it is not certain when the transaction will close.
The Planning and Zoning Commission is scheduled to meet tomorrow to hear the request for rezoning the property.