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      by   Janice Steinhagen•Contact Reporter, Staff Writer

 

Route 164 Development Would House Residents, Retail

 

A Farmington-based development firm is planning an ambitious 61.27-acre "self-sustaining community," the first of its kind in the United States, on property adjacent to River Ridge Golf Course in Griswold.

 

Heritage River Village would house more than 600 residents in rental apartments and condominiums, including adults in need of assisted living or memory loss care, along with 42,000 square feet of commercial space, according to developers.

 

"To my knowledge…. There hasn't been anything done exactly like this" elsewhere in the country, said David Kagan, president of Kagan Associates Inc. and managing member of Heritage River Village LLC. He said that northeastern Connecticut "is really under-served with these kinds of facilities or anything like it."

 

The project website, www.heritagerivervillage.com, cites the "lack of existing housing and services within the broad regional market" as a motivation for siting the project in Griswold.  READ MORE

The Town of Griswold and the Borough, Jewett City, are  part of the Southeastern Economic Region and have identified areas of development considered key to the region's economic future and are concentrating their efforts on them.

 

The Economic Development Commission has been working diligently to develop acceptable parcels, to formulate development programs, and to provide incentives for businesses to invest in Griswold.

The goal of the Economic Development Commission and the Planning and Development Department is to link prospective businesses and property owners who are interested in dividing or developing their land.

 

Property owners are encouraged meet with the Town Planner when considering marketing their parcels  so that they may be informed of the relevant regulations and procedures that must be followed. The Town Planner will assist  them in identifying all the  land-use options available to the them and will work to attract business there.

 

In all cases, the Planning staff is ready to assist any person in need of guidance on the Town’s regulatory policies as they may relate to development of land, provision of public services, or the general health, safety, and welfare of Griswold's residents.

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why choose griswold?

  • Griswold Is An Eastern Connecticut Enterprise Corridor Community

    The Town of Griswold and its borough, Jewett City, is part of the Southeastern Economic Region and has identified areas of development considered key to the regions economic future and is concentrating their efforts on them.

     

    These are:  Agri-businesses, Arts & Entertainment, Assisted Living and Nursing Care Facilities, Higher Education, Bioscience, Defense, Green Energy, Office  Medical & Dental Services, Information Technology, Retail Manufacturing, Sports Equipment, Tourism & Hospitality Industry  Warehouse, Storage and Distribution.

     

    Griswold is part of the Eastern Connecticut Enterprise Corridor Zone.  Businesses that locate in the Griswold Enterprise District along I-395 may receive tax and other benefits including:

     

    • Seven year graduated tax deferral of increase local property taxes resulting from real property improvements. Exemption from sales tax on manufacturing equipment replacement parts. Job training and placement assistance.

    • Griswold celebrates entrepreneurship and nearly 200 businesses have started in the last five years. New business formation are an important part of the economy. Griswold's town government is receptive to business development that is compatible with the character of the community and will add to the Grand List.

    • Griswold's town government is receptive to business development that is compatible with the character of the community and will add to the Grand List. It has developed a Business Incentives Tax Abatement Policy, Sewer Buy-in Fee Relief and Low Interest Revolving Loan Funds to make Griswold more competitive in the global market-place.

    • Griswold, may enter into agreements ("agreement") with applicants eligible under the terms of C.G.S. §§ 12-65b and 12-65h, to provide specified forms and amounts of tax relief for prescribed periods of time.
  • Our Community Has  Many Strengths To Offer  Your Business

     There is access to a labor force of 22,400 within a short 30 minute drive of Griswold. There is ample sewer capacity for new businesses.  Griswold is situated logistically within proximity to major markets.  There is availability of large parcels of land in Griswold as well as a lower cost for commercial property.  Griswold is a very affordable area and Town government and residents are pro-business. Griswold has reasonable housing prices and boasts a pleasant rural environment with urban amenities.

    Location

     

    Factors New London County

    New London Labor Market Area

    Southeast Economic Development Region

     

     

    Statistics

     

    Land Area (sq miles:) 35

    Population: 15,543

    Households: 6,440

    Median Household Income: $64,161.00

    Median Age: 39.6

    Wastewater Treatment Facility Excellence Award Winner

     

    The Wastewater Treatment Facility located in the Borough of Jewett City was recently selected by EPA for a Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Excellence Award.

     

    The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection was very supportive of the nomination for this facility. In addition, the facility has been provided with outstanding support from the Borough of Jewett City and the Department of Public Utilities

    Driving Distances

     

    Boston: 94 Miles      New Haven: 66 Miles     Hartford: 50 Miles

    New York City: 143 Miles    Providence: 41 Miles      Springfield, MA: 73 Miles

    Washington, DC: 370 Miles    Philadelphia:237 Miles

  • Griswold Has Access to Highway, Rail and Air

    Griswold is accessible by vehicles from all directions. Exit 22 and Exit 24 off I-395 provide access to Route 138, Route 164 and Route 201. I-395 links with I-95 in East Lyme and with the Massachusetts Turnpike.  Freight service is available from the Providence and Worcester Railroad that runs along the western edge of Griswold. Air transportation is available at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, approximately 60 miles from Griswold and at T. F Green International Airport in Warwick, Rhode Island, approximately 40 miles from Griswold.

     

    Other smaller general aviation airports in the region  that are within a reasonable driving time include:

    • Danielson Airport - Danielson, CT
    • Groton-New London Airport - Groton, CT
    • Windham Airport -  North Windham, CT
    • Hartford-Brainard Airport - Hartford, CT

     

  • Griswold Is The Perfect Blend of Nature and Your Business

    The Town of Griswold and its Borough, Jewett City, is located in New London County. It is one of the 35 towns comprising the Quinebaug and Shetucket River Valleys. Griswold is a special place with a blend of nature, quality development, and people who live and work in the community.

     

    Griswold has been blessed with many natural features such as the Pachaug State Forest as well as Pachaug Pond the second largest lake in Connecticut with 880 acres. Additional fishing and boating attractions can be found at Hopeville and Ashland Ponds

     

    While Griswold cherishes its agricultural roots of small family farms, agribusiness is welcomed as part of a modern national economy; and as a Heritage River Community, it recognizes the importance that its mills played in making Griswold a manufacturing center in the 19th and 20th centuries.

     

    Large tracts of land that may be developed straddle Interstate 395, as well as state highways 138 and 164. Recent upgrades and extensions of both water and sewer service now offer affordable access to large development projects.

     

    Griswold welcomes manufacturing of “green” products, particularly those used in renewable energy systems and clean technology equipment of all kinds. It sees the “greening” of manufacturing as an engine for long-term job creation and views "green" manufacturing as a primary means of assuring competitiveness across globalized markets by reducing pollution and waste, by minimizing natural resource use, and by recycling and reusing what was considered waste, and by reducing emissions.

     

    Griswold's town government is receptive to business development that is compatible with the character of the community and will add to the Grand List. It has developed a Business Incentives Tax Abatement Policy, Sewer Buy-in Fee Relief and Low Interest Revolving Loan Funds to make Griswold more competitive in the global market-place.

 

Focusing on the future

Heritage River Park

Jewett City River Walk

UCFS New Facility

Heritage River Village

New Solar Facilities

The Town Board of Selectmen and the Economic Development Commission have identified an upcoming project for 32 School Street. The park will be linked to the River Walk which is a designated eight-mile stretch along the river from Griswold to Norwich as a Greenway for hiking, canoing and kayaking as part of the Last Green Valley project.

 

 Heritage River Park is designed to have 29 parking spaces for residents visiting Heritage River Park. An ADA accessible playground is one of the focal points of the park along with an ADA accessible fishing pier where there are an additional 3 ADA accessible parking spaces.  There will be ADA accessible stone dust walking paths and concrete sidewalks.

A permanent concrete performance stage will be installed for scheduled events as well as impromptu performances. A Pavilion is designed for visitors to enjoy a picnic lunch at Heritage River Park. Residents will also be able to schedule the pavilion for private events. A Pedestrian Footbridge is possible to walk to Veterans Park via Burleson Lane for events. The parking area will also be available for parking for events at Veterans Memorial Park.

River Walk Proposal

    Economic Development Commission chairman Tom Giard said that in May the state approved the commission's application to designate an eight-mile stretch along the river from Griswold to Norwich as a Greenway. A plan to turn property along the Quinebaug River into a river walk has found major support from the town and the state.  A greenway is open space that protects natural resources, provides access to the outdoors and provides opportunities for recreation and may include a waterway or traditional trail routes

(read Norwich Bulletin Article)

UCFS Future Home

Griswold Medical Center

226 East Main Street

 

    The United Community and Family Services' Medical Center

   UCFS received approval from the Griswold Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Conservation  Commission  to proceed with its plans for the future facility at 226 E. Main St. (read Norwich Bulletin Article). It has also received approval by the Griswold Planning and Zoning Commission.

 

Route 164 Development Would House Residents, Retail

 

A Farmington-based development firm is planning an ambitious 61.27-acre "self-sustaining community," the first of its kind in the United States, on property adjacent to River Ridge Golf Course in Griswold.

 

Heritage River Village would house more than 600 residents in rental apartments and condominiums, including adults in need of assisted living or memory loss care, along with 42,000 square feet of commercial space, according to developers.

 

The project website, www.heritagerivervillage.com, cites the "lack of existing housing and services within the broad regional market" as a motivation for siting the project in Griswold.

Windham Solar, LLC has be granted approval by the Connecticut Siting Council to construct, operate, and maintain three 2.o Megawatt and one 1.0 Megawatt Solar Photovoltaic Electric Generating Facilities located at 1219 Voluntown Road which is the parcel at the corner of Route 201 and Route 138 and 1240 Voluntown Road, the former Chinigo property which is the 38 acre parcel that abuts Latham Drive.

 

The Planning and Zoning Commission and the Inland Wetlands Commission have reviewed the proposal and submitted their recommendations to the Connecticut Siting Council.  Construction will begin in the spring.

 

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