SOUTH WINDSOR – Voters will go to the polls on election day to decide whether the city should sell 725 Sullivan Ave., a vacant property near Fire Station No.3.
The empty 2.59-acre plot, known to the city as Lot 2, was acquired along with a number of other plots in 2008 to build the fire hall.
City firefighters once used the flat, grass-covered plot for training drills, city officials said, and residents have expressed concern over the firefighters’ loss of space.
Lot 2 has remained vacant since its purchase, and at the July 19 city council meeting Chief Executive Officer Michael Maniscalco said the property was identified for economic development purposes when the purchase was made.
Another parcel of land from the same purchase has already been sold to Connecticut Valley Brewing Company for the construction of their facility on Sullivan Avenue.
Maniscalco said JP RE Holdings LLC, on behalf of Integrated Rehab, approached the city to purchase the property with plans to build a head office that would also provide medical services.
A purchase agreement was drafted and filed by the city on April 29, with a sale price set at $ 265,000. The Planning and Zoning Commission reviewed the proposal and unanimously recommended the sale at its June 22 meeting.
The city council voted 8 to 1 to send it to a referendum at its July 19 meeting. Council members in favor of the sale said the original intention of the property was to sell it for economic development purposes, and it would make sense to proceed with the sale.
John Kania, a resident of South Windsor, said he believed the property would be best left undeveloped for now.
“With the growth of the city, good or bad as it is, the need for an expansion of the fire station next to the property may be necessary, and this property would be better suited for this use,” Kania said. .
Bob Ahn, a resident, said he questions the “obsessive” development of the city’s open space.
“It seems the people who run this city are obsessed with industrializing every isolated patch of undeveloped space,” Ahn said.
Joseph covers East Hartford and South Windsor. He joined JI in July 2021. Joseph is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and is an avid guitarist and coffee enthusiast.