Windsor Wins Dollar Tree Warehouse Competition

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Windsor will be the site of a new, $57 million Dollar Tree distribution warehouse, beating out a competing location in upstate New York.

Dollar Tree has purchased a 93-acre site off Stone Road for $7 million from Griffin Land in a transaction recorded by the town July 6, local officials told me told me today.

The deep discount chain has already started to clear trees and put up fencing required for construction.

Windsor competed for the Dollar Tree warehouse by approving a tax abatement package as well as necessary permits to construct the 1-million-square-foot facility. The facility is expected to open in the fall of next year and serve New England, parts of New York and Canada.

Town Manager Peter Souza told me today that Dollar Tree has informed Windsor that the town will be the site of the warehouse, besting the other finalist, Schodack, N.Y.

“We’re pleased that they’ve chosen the state of Connecticut and Windsor and make this investment and create 200 jobs,” Souza said.

Griffin Land declined to comment Tuesday. Dollar Tree did not return calls seeking comment.

Neighbors who oppose the construction of the 40-foot structure are pursuing two separate lawsuits challenging the town’s decisions to support the construction project.

The group Save Windsor’s Neighborhoods and residents Marc and Mary Ann Cheney filed suit in Superior Court in Hartford challenging the town’s planning and zoning commission’s approval of permits needed for the construction.

Tuesday, Marc Cheney told me today he is not abandoning his opposition, even though Dollar Tree has purchased the property.

“We don’t want a building of that size and nature in our neighborhood,” Marc Cheney said. “We really hope that we can stop this.”

 

 

 

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16 thoughts on “Windsor Wins Dollar Tree Warehouse Competition

  1. PTaylor

    Your use of the word “win” is extremely misleading. Schodack, NY actually won by not having Dollar Tree build in the middle of a residential community. On the other side, Windsor lost because they are stuck with this mega project in their backyard.

    In Schodack, Dollar Tree was uncommunicative and rigid in dealing with the community. The patronizing attitude was insulting. Given that there is so much land in that area, their choice of placing a million square foot, 24 hour-a-day facility in a residental community was ludicrous and insensitive.

    It is apparent that the only “winner” is the person who sold the property to Dollar Tree for $7mm.

    1. Nan

      Lazy journalists. Wouldn’t it be nice if just one of them did some research and reported the facts?

  2. VOlio

    Fortunately 200 families will win and be able to find work! First you complain about outsourcing now you complain when they build a facility in CT. AND considering the other businesses (like the Tire Rack warehouse or the Giant Walgreens warehouse) in close proximity to the Dollar Tree site home owners shouldn’t be surprised.
    All things considered putting them by the airport is probably the best option for all parties. Now you don’t have more homes living in the flight path.

  3. Industrial

    The parcel is located in an industrial park called the “International Tradeport” which has been zoned by the town of Windsor for distribution warehouse development. It is hardly a residential location and the person commenting about Windsor being the looser here should look at, and understand the dynamics of the neighborhood before making such comments.

    1. Really?

      you’ve not seen the site. the zoning is from the 1950′s. this site is surrounded by homes. it’s a terrible location for Dollar Tree.

      drive by it and see for yourself so you can “understand the dynamics of the neighborhood before making such comments.”

  4. AW

    Site is 150 acres, they bought 93 acres, 57 acres will sit there barron. If they could have put the 57 acres between the neighborhoods and the warehouse I don’t think there would have been any complaints.

    Besides with two pending lawsuits how far do you expect construction to go? Will they go as far as putting in the building and if they lose the suit will they have to repair the site?

  5. Justin

    Yet another example of a whiney bunch of BANANAs (Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anything).

    I cannot wrap my mind around the mindset of the majority of the people in this country. They bemoan the lack of jobs, they blame the government for the stagnant economy, they grimly shake their heads at the direction of the country.

    Then when companies come in to build or develop, they fling up their arms in protest. It will add to traffic congestion! It will be an eye-sore! It will destroy the “character” of the neighborhood!

    These people will never be satisfied by anything.

    1. ptaylor

      That’s an unfair blanket statement to assume anyone who opposes development is BANANAS. I’d venture to say that a development such as Dollar Tree’s would be most welcome in an area zoned for moderate to heavy industrial use. But it is insensitive to build this type of complex close to residences. Would you like to live next to a facility that is lit up with mega watt lights and big trucks in and out all night? What does that do to the residents’ property values and quality of life?

      If Windsor had really intended the area to be zoned for industrial, houses should never been developed in the area. I think when the town approved the housing development they made their decision that anything other than very light industrial wiould be out of the question.

      Really think about it…why does a large distribution center like this need to be so close to residential. All it really needs is sufficient local population to fill jobs and access to a distribution link like an interstate highway. It doesn’t even need to be in a city or town.

      1. jmichaels

        And remember, Dollar Tree has announced that the company will fill less than 200 jobs over a five-year period, offering minimum wages with no health insurance for the first six months of employment. Dollar Tree values employees and its neighbors as much as it values its own merchandise.

  6. Clint

    This place is going to be bigger than the Walgreens building near by. This is the same town that wouldn’t let Mototown put in a motocross track no where near any houses. They have too much power to do what ever they want.

  7. ned

    200 25K jobs for millions in tax abatements was not a good deal. You can’t buy a house in Windsor or East Granby on 25K a year.

    Next thing ya know the Town will let Dollar Tree knock out a historical section of downtown and put in a big fat ugly store…

  8. Clint

    Those houses across the street are… hosed. The people who approved this should be forced to buy their houses at pre dollar tree price and then live there.

  9. alan

    This construction will benefit those 200 families. Company has occupied so many acres of land and it can be put to use in a diplomatic condition by which daily routine of people may not get disrupted and they can also work.

  10. joe d

    fat trinks and his bad of hoodlums have done it again..destroying Windsor for the almighty tax dollar with no benifit to it’s citizens..our taxes go up every year while they take serives away..they are the worst and must be voted out. There also should be an investigation into there back door deals, kick backs and be audited

    1. check your facts

      Joe d, proper grammar and punctuation goes a long way when trying to make a statement/argument you want others to take seriously. Third grade insults and attacks on people do very little to help stress your point.

      Check your facts. In the last 8-10 years Windsor has had many 0% budgets pass (not counting state mandated revaluation).

  11. Rony Mikal

    Really?, it is very important to have a look at the site before purchasing it. You have rightly said it. It is better to know your neighborhood and consider other important things before buying the site.

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