Plainville to commission study to evaluate White Oak proposals

Published on Monday, 9 November 2020 15:24
Written by BRIAN M. JOHNSON

@brianjohnsonBP

PLAINVILLE – The Town of Plainville will hire Loureiro Engineering to evaluate both proposals for the White Oak property and plans to present their findings to the town council.

Town Manager Robert E. Lee said Monday that the town still has $13,000 to $14,000 in state grant money left over from the remediation of the site, which is located next to the municipal center. This study will not cost any additional money to taxpayers. Formerly owned by White Oak Construction, the site sat vacant for many years as town staff worked to clean it up for eventual re-use. Loureiro Engineering was previously contracted for the site remediation study.

There are currently two proposals for re-use of the property.

D’Amato Construction Company, which is currently located in Bristol, is looking to relocate to Plainville if the town approves of their proposal for the property.

Tony D’Amato, operations manager for D’Amato Construction, said the company has grown “significantly” in the last 10 years. In addition to the main Middle Street building, he said they have multiple sites throughout the city and are looking to consolidate them going forward.

“They’d be looking to use the property for a very similar purpose to what White Oak used it for years ago,” said Lee.

The other proposal, by Manafort Brothers, Inc., Newport Realty and TWM Development LLC. would see the construction of 155 apartments on the second floor as well as some commercial space on the first floor. It would also see the creation of a 25,000 square foot medical office building. There would also be buildings with large garage doors for use by contractors.

“There would be some 55 and older apartments and some market rate apartments,” said Lee.

Lee said that the study will give “comparative information” to the town council to help them reach a decision.

“They will look at the environmental impact, the potential impact to surrounding businesses downtown and the potential demand for town services,” said Lee. “They will also look at how much revenue each proposal would generate and the employment estimates during and post construction. We’ll also have them look at the traffic impact.”

Lee also plans to present the information from the study to the Planning and Zoning Commission, the town’s Economic Development Agency, members of the Plainville Chamber of Commerce and downtown businesses to seek their input.

“I anticipate that the study will be completed by the end of the year,” he said. “The town council will also likely want to set a public hearing some time after the new year, probably in mid-January.”

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Plainville on Monday, 9 November 2020 15:24. Updated: Monday, 9 November 2020 15:27.