By Lisa Capobianco
The Southington Town Council voted unanimously for a proposal to put the Beecher Street property up for bid again—this time with restrictions.
Based on his conversations with the Planning and Zoning Commission, Town Attorney Mark Sciota said the 100-year-old property will have two potential uses: residential or office use. If used for residential purposes, the building itself must not hold more than a total of 12 units, or four units per floor, Sciota reported.
Sciota said advertising for the Beecher Street property will begin next month.
“If the proposals come in, we will give them the possibility to maintain a possible office use of the existing building, with the remaining land being residential or using the existing building as residential and the remaining land as residential,” Sciota said during a Town Council meeting on Monday.
The property, located at 49 Beecher Street, once served as the former home of the school system’s administrative offices. Late last year, residents of the neighborhood opposed the proposed sale of the building to Beecher Street LLC, which would have turned the property into 30 units of affordable housing for senior citizens.
Dean Zubko, a resident of Beecher Street who rejected the proposal of Beecher Street LLC, said he feels pleased with the restrictions now imposed on the property.
“I think it is a great situation,” Zubko said before the Council. “Whether it is an office or residential, it is a perfect situation for the neighborhood.”