South Main Street Redevelopment Project Proposed
A Milford firm is proposing that a gas station/convenience store, which has been a South Main Street (Route 25) fixture for decades, be razed and replaced with a modern version of those facilities.
CPCI LLC proposes the redevelopment project for 147-151 South Main Street, where the Citgo Friendly gas station/convenience store now does business. A gas station has been located there since 1954.
The project proposed for the 6.7-acre South Main Street site would look similar to the Wheels gas station/convenience store located at 67 Church Hill Road (Route 6). Bennett Sullivan Architects Inc of Southbury is the architect for the CPCI project. The proposed convenience store component of the project would have food service with fixed-position seating within a 3,043-square-foot building. A variety of retail items also would be sold.
CPCI is seeking three approvals from the Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z) for the redevelopment project. The P&Z is slated to conduct public hearings on those applications at its Thursday, September 19, meeting, which starts at 7:30 pm at Newtown Municipal Center at 3 Primrose Street.
The site has M-1 (Industrial) zoning. The applicant proposes converting the property to a South Main Village Design District (SMVDD) zone. The P&Z created the SMVDD zoning regulations in 2007 to foster economic development that is in harmony with New England architecture along the four-mile-long South Main Corridor.
Also, CPCI is seeking to modify the SMVDD zoning regulations to allow as a permitted land use in that zone a gas station/convenience store, which includes food service with fixed-position seating.
CPCI is seeking a change of zone for 147-151 South Main Street from M-1 to South Main Village Design District/Special Design District-7 (SMVDD/SDD-7).
The project would be the seventh development/redevelopment project alongside South Main Street that has gained SMVDD rezoning approval, thus the proposed SDD-7 designation. The subzone SDD-7 would include a set of zoning regulations that are unique to that site.
Also, CPCI is seeking a special zoning permit from the P&Z, which would allow it to raze the current facilities and replace them with the proposed facilities.
The CPCI redevelopment proposal is slated for an architectural/landscaping review by the town’s Design Advisory Board (DAB) at 7 pm on Tuesday, September 17, at Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street. The DAB makes recommendations to the P&Z on aesthetics on construction projects proposed for the town’s several design districts.