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Major Developments On Tap For West Hartford In 2014

At least six major projects are in the pipeline.

West Hartford is slated for several big developments that will come before town commissions starting in January 2014.

At a meeting of the Town Council's Community Planning and Physical Services Committee, Director of Community Services Mark McGovern said that the following projects are at various stages of planning:
  • Walgreens at the corner of Prospect Ave. and Farmington Ave. is looking to demolish its current building and construct a new, 14,000-square-foot building. The developer is working with the owners of Tangiers International Food Market, who are tenants of the Walgreens' building at 688 Farmington Ave., to find a new location in West Hartford.
  • An application can be expected to be filed for a Delamar Hotel, McGovern said. Currently, there is just one motel in town, and a hotel has been in discussions for a number of years. The committee also discussed a proposed ordinance that would permit hotels to provide full-service dining.
  • Sears, located at 1445 New Britain Ave., is expected to seek revisions to its special development district to subdivide its space to construct a new store, McGovern said.
  • Jared Jewelers filed an application with the town on Monday to construct a 6,000-square-foot building at Corbin's Corner near Best Buy.
  • Further discussions are expected on the demolition of the vacant building at 24 N. Main St. to make way for the construction of an 18-unit residential complex.
  • Another housing complex is expected to be on the table at 2432 Albany Ave.
While all the projects are expected to come forward in January, there was a discussion by committee members to spread the applications out to give them proper consideration.

[Clarification] The original story stated that the projects would be up for approval in January. They will likely be up for approval throughout the first quarter for 2014.

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