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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