Project Updates

The latest information about ongoing redevelopment projects will be updated here. Additional details are included in the monthly Economic Development Division Update.
 

Mystic River Bluffs (former Mystic Education Center)

The “Mystic River Bluffs” project is advancing with staff meetings weekly. See the link for more project information https://resplerhomes.com/mystic-river-bluffs/.

Responses to the Request for Proposals (RFP) that the state and town received from the RFP process in 2018 for the redevelopment of the Mystic Education Center property can be viewed here: Responses to the Request for Proposals

Respler and Team held a virual public meeting in January, including a question and answer session. The meeting can be viewed here: Respler Public Meeting 

Recent news coverage in the The Day addressed developer history. The Planning & Zoning Commission continues to address the draft zoning district creation. The Commission is focused on creating the appropriate zoning regulation to match appropriate future development on the 80+ acres of property. Half of the land will be developed and half will be protected as public open space. Additional private property has been acquired by the developer for roadway access and additional residential use.

Great Blue, a public survey company, has been hired to evaluate community sentiment towards the use of the Pratt Building and to gauge public understanding for this project. The survey will focus heavily on the performing arts theater option for the Pratt Building. The survey process was conducted in March into April, focused heavily on the performing arts theater option for the Pratt Building. The state, the property owner, has been closely following this project and inquires about its progress.

Tax Increment Financing (TIF) budgeting is still ongoing, including assistance from Camoin on behalf of Groton. Fuss & O’Neil, Respler’s engineering contractor, continues to refine design and engineering concepts for the Master Plan. Groundbreaking for Phase I is envisioned in 2021 starting with the adaptive reuse of all existing buildings plus installation of needed infrastructure. Subsequent development, primarily residential construction, is planned for Phase II.

If you have any qustions or wish to provide feedback regarding this project you can call Respler Homes at 860-499-3453 or submit comments on the project website at https://resplerhomes.com/mystic-river-bluffs/.  

 

Triton Square (former Seely School)

Staff met on site with the developer to view ongoing demolition of the existing single-story school building. Construction for the “Triton Square” project will begin early in 2021 for the 308-unit multi-family apartment development. Targeted future tenants are young professionals and “empty-nesters.” Anticipated future property tax revenue is in the magnitude of $1 million annually.

 

 

 

 

 

Groton Heights School

Staff and ThayerMahan are working on the final option agreement to be addressed by the Town Council by summer. The building has experienced increased vandalism over the past weeks. The property requires environmental remediation for lead and asbestos and the town is addressing the brownfield grant agreement with the state of CT and ThayerMahan.

ThayerMahan was chosen as the preferred developer of the Groton Heights Property after an extensive marketing effort, RFP issuance, and review of qualified proposals. The company will expand its Groton business by developing a second location at the Groton Heights property. This economic development project will provide office and floor space for corporate offices, research and development, engineering, and assembly uses. ThayerMahan has grown from three to over 60 employees in three years. They are committed to the project in making this their future world headquarters.

 

Colonel Ledyard School

Staff is coordinating final agreements. Bellsite, LLC (Bill Bellock) is eager to move this multi-family residential project forward. Phase I will consist of converting the existing school building into between 14-20 apartments. Phase II will include new buildings and apartments (less than 60 apartments) on the rear of the site.

 

Pleasant Valley School

Staff is coordinating the public disposition process with the RTM. Additionally, staff will begin discussions with the Council about next steps in the selection process. The Committee determined a recommended “preferred developer.” Discussions are ongoing with this developer.

 

 

517/529 Gold Star Highway

In March, staff presented the option/sales agreement to the Council and RTM with PJ&A and Lennar Corporation. Staff coordinated the completion of final legal agreements for such property. The project includes approximately 300 apartments on 17.75 acres encompassing four lots (two town owned and two private owned). Final approval by the Town Council and RTM is anticipated in early March. Anticipated tax benefits will be in the order of $1 million annually.