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Shelton Street extension project heads to CT Bond Commission

ByChad J. Johnson

Mar 26, 2022

SHELTON — The grand opening of the Constitution Boulevard extension is scheduled for April 15, and it appears construction will be at public expense.

A request for $5 million to cover the cost of extending the causeway — which is critical to the eventual development of the nearly 70-acre city-owned Mas property — will be presented to the State Bonds Commission on March, 31st.

“We’re getting results, and it makes everyone look good,” Mayor Mark Lauretti said. “The goal is to keep Connecticut businesses in Connecticut. I’m grateful (Gov. Ned Lamont) recognizes that.

Lauretti said the Constitution Boulevard extension was a smart business move.

“But the state doesn’t just give money,” he said. “It will pay dividends not only to the city but to the state. (Lamont) recognizes what is happening in Shelton. He is committed to economic development, and I give him credit for that.

The causeway extension and use of the Mas property has been on the table for years, but Lauretti began the latest push in April when he presented preliminary plans for the creation of the road leading to the land owned to the city, which would be transformed into a manufacturing plant. business park.

“In my first conversation with (Lamont), I said four other governors gave me money, don’t be left out,” Lauretti said. “We do credible projects that benefit Shelton and the State of Connecticut. It is truly a reciprocal relationship. »

The city has purchased 56 Blacks Hill Road, but has yet to acquire property at 55 Blacks Hill Road to complete the road. The city and the owners of a property on Blacks Hill Road that is key to the Constitution Boulevard expansion remain distant on terms of sale and Lauretti says condemning the property is the next step.

Lauretti has so far declined to say what the city is offering, but said the owners of 55 Blacks Hill Road have offered to sell the 5.1-acre property to the city for $1.7 million.

In recent weeks, the city has reached agreements to sell plots of the Mas to two separate companies.

Shelton residents William and Nicole Charney, owners of Shelton-based Advanced Home Audio, which is currently located on Long Hill Cross Road, have agreed to purchase six acres. The couple agreed to pay the city $85,000 per acre, which works out to $510,000.

The sale came after Lauretti announced Bigelow Tea was buying 25 acres of the property for an estimated $2.1 million for future expansion.

The aldermen’s approval says the total area and payment amount will be determined after the final subdivision of the nearly 70-acre parcel near Constitution Boulevard.

Shelton State Representatives. Jason Perillo and Ben McGorty and State Senator Kevin Kelly worked alongside Lauretti to help secure $5 million in funding for the road expansion in the state’s 2021 bond package. Funding will be available once approved by the State Bond Commission, according to Perillo.

“It was a great team effort that included (Lauretti), Rep. McGorty and Senator Kelly whose help was invaluable,” Perillo said. “We presented our case to the Governor’s office, and they agreed that this was an excellent opportunity for economic development that should not be missed.

“It will keep a Connecticut business right here in Fairfield County (Bigelow Tea) and lead to additional business development,” Perillo added. “In addition, these projects keep residents’ taxes low while providing more tax revenue to pay for city services.”

The Mas property is now vacant. It is mostly forested with considerable stone ledges and several ponds, including one about 600 feet long and 250-300 feet wide, and lies between Bridgeport Ave., Cots Street, Tisi Drive, Sunwood Condos on Nells Rock Road, Regent Drive, Walnut Avenue and Kings Highway. Part of the land adjoins the rear of the Perry Hill School property.

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