PLAINVILLE - Director of Planning & Economic Development Mark Devoe said this year ranks among the top three growth years for Plainville within the past decade.
Devoe said that although this year began as “lackluster,” it has seen approximately 75,000 square feet of new commercial facilities approved, some of which are under construction. There is also a “very good possibility” of another 62,000 square feet of commercial facilities “in the pipeline,” which will be decided on this year.
“In 2017, at least nine new establishments have located in existing space, many within our core downtown area,” said Devoe.
“These include Unique Finds, an antique boutique specializing in hand painted furniture on West Main Street; Naomi Martinez Studio, a full service beauty salon on Whiting Street; Martel Music, specializing in high end musical equipment such as guitars, drums and amplifiers - also offering lessons at the corner of Whiting and West Main Streets,” he said.
They also include “Torchlight Graphics, offering custom graphic solutions for everything from advertising and tee-shirts to beverage containers on West Main Street,” he added, as well as “the re-opening of Plainville Pizza at 54 West Main Street with an expanded dining area and family atmosphere they were formerly known for; Rebel Dog Coffee Co.; and JV’s Taproom, a coffee house and steak and brew house at the former location of Confetti Restaurant at 393 Farmington Avenue.:
Also: “Brandi’s Beauty Bar, a beauty salon at 112 New Britain Avenue; and finally, Construction Resources (CORE), a development/redevelopment firm that has had great success breathing new life into vacant or underutilized manufacturing sites in the Northeast. CORE is located at 25 Robert Jackson Way.”
Devoe added that his office continues to work on a variety of other projects in town, such the multi-use trail planning study, upgrades to the Town’s electronic mapping system (which is available at no cost on the Town’s website), a new automated, on-line permit system (building permits currently available with zoning applications to be determined) and more.
“We are just beginning the process of updating the Town’s 10-Year Plan of Conservation and Development,” Devoe added. “In addition to these items, our office maintains a database of available commercial properties for sale and/or lease in an effort to provide referrals to help spur further economic development opportunities in Plainville.”
Devoe can be reached by calling 860-793-0221, ext. 210 or emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or email@example.com.