ICP Pushing Ahead With Plans For Enfield Health Tech Park

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The developers of a proposed, $383 million health technology park — anchored by a specialized cancer treatment center — are moving ahead with the plans, renewing a push for approval from state health officials.

Boston-based International Charged Particle LLC, the developer and operator of the cancer treatment center, submitted additional information to the State Office of Health Care Access today, the company’s president told me.

The state approval is necessary because the technology that would be used at the treatment center would be new to the state. The center would be the state’s first proton therapy center for treating cancerous tumors.

Steven E. Courtney, ICP’s president, said the company’s preferred site remains Enfield where it has a purchase agreement for a specific site. He declined to identify the site today.

Courtney said the company lobbied for legislation that would have exempted ICP from having to seek the state approval but those efforts failed.

The research and development park could eventually encompass a half-million square feet. The cancer center itself would be about 75,000 square feet and cost about $150 million. Nearly half of the cost — $64 million — is for equipment and installation, Courtney said.

Tenants in the park would be all related to medical technology. There are at least two potential tenants for the park interested in a combined 130,000 square feet. Courtney declined to name them.

The park could eventually create as many as 2,500 jobs in north central Connecticut over the next five years.

If approved, cancer patients could start receiving treatment within two years of the start of construction. Local zoning approval also is required.

ICP’s bank financing is still in place, Courtney told me, and ICP has had preliminary discussions with the state for an aid package.

The cancer treatment that would be offered differs from traditional radiation therapy because it uses a beam of protons to target benign and malignant tumors more precisely. That reduces the damage to nearby cells and organs that often occurs tin traditional radiation therapy, according to ICP.

Today, there are 11 centers around the country using the therapy and another half-dozen under construction. Courtney also is a partner in SciX, a Boston architectural firm that has designed a handful of proton therapy centers around the country. ICP was formed to design and develop the Connecticut project.

ICP chose Connecticut because it doesn’t have this cancer treatment option, and the closest, at Boston-based Massachusetts General Hospital, already can’t accommodate everyone seeking treatment.

“Location-wise, it just screams for need,” Courtney said. “Connecticut patients have to leave this state to receive this treatment.”






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5 thoughts on “ICP Pushing Ahead With Plans For Enfield Health Tech Park

  1. DR

    I get a kick out of this. A private developer is interested in investing in Connecticut and the State makes him jump through hoops. The State should be begging this guy to invest here, not putting up hurdles.

    Malloy loves to push through public investment, but when a private person tries to create jobs, the state just can’t stand it.

    1. Brad Wright

      I agree with you. It’s insane what they are doing. In the bigger picture I think this is a great sign that the commercial real estate development market is picking up.

  2. Enfield Resident

    Last year a group of lobbyist representing law firms that navigate the approval process leaned on key leaders to prevent ICP from coming to Enfield and it worked. Why? Because their 900K a year cash cow was in jeopardy of being lost to companies that might start ‘bypassing the system’ they make so much money on. This is truly reprehensible and I hope that this year the state’s leadership has the good sense to put people and patients ahead of politics.

    Enfield needs and welcomes this great opportunity and the state should back changing the rules for ICP, because it’s too important to let another state benefit from this investment.

  3. Dave

    No question that liberals Democrats and their union buddies are holding this up. They need to get their palms greased before doing anything.

    But just keep voting for Democrats. Who needs jobs?

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