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Progress continues at the former Morgan School property as the developers, Greylock Properties, add to their team of specialists working on the site layout and focusing on key permitting paths.
First Selectman Goupil reports that she has had several conversations and meetings onsite with Greylock principal Ken Navarro about their status and next steps on Indian River Landing over the past week. Greylock has added several well-regarded professionals to their development team, including Chris Ferrero at Fuss & O’Neil of Manchester, who will be taking the lead on final site layout, landscape planning and traffic flow. The result of initial involvement of Fuss & O’Neil has been to propose some design changes that focus strongly on the pedestrian connectivity both within the site and on connections with neighboring properties. Some additional shifting of buildings in the refined plans will also improve tenant visibility through the site and enhancements of the proposed park and trail along the Indian River. As plans move toward a final design, Greylock will be pursuing state-level permitting on wastewater and the Office of State Traffic Authority on parking and traffic since the property is situated on a State road. These likely require more lead time than the local permitting process.
The developers expressed no concerns about financing for the property purchase and site demolition. They are proceeding with project cost estimations and meeting with regional lenders. First Selectman Goupil stated “While everyone is anxious to see more visible progress on this important project, I have confidence that the up-front planning and the resources that Greylock bring to the project will result in an excellent development. We’re staying in close contact and expect to see significant progress over the next couple of months.”