By Lisa Capobianco
The Southington Town Council voted unanimously in approval of a contract for the sale of 49 Beecher Street.
During a recent meeting, council members voted 8 to 0 to sell 49 Beecher Street to Mat Florian of Florian Properties, who will submit the property to be listed with the Connecticut State Register of Historic Places. Florian Properties has decided to buy the property “as is” for $200,000, and will use the building for residential or traditional purposes.
Built by Walter Crabtree, Sr., an architect from the 1800s, 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 planned to turn the property into 30 units of affordable housing for seniors.
“It should be the town’s goal to revitalize the building while maintaining its historical value to Southington and the architectural details of the building itself,” wrote Florian in a letter to the town. “With the opportunity, Florian Properties will bring 49 Beecher Street back to meaning and value to the Southington Community.”
In January, the council voted in approval to put the Beecher Street property up for sale with restrictions. These restrictions included two potential uses of the property: residential or office use.
Town Attorney Mark Sciota said Southington received three requests for proposals in response to the sale of the Beecher Street, one of which was $100,000 less than the proposal from Florian Properties, which will preserve the building’s structure. The other proposal, requested by Oak Land Developers, LLC, included removing the structure, said Sciota during the meeting.
The project is scheduled to be completed three years after the closing, Florian said, in his letter to the town. With the approval of the contract comes a referral to the Southington Planning and Zoning Commission and a public hearing.
The date for the public hearing has yet to be determined.