Citizens United Against Zone Change and TradeCenter 84 in Willington CT

Citizens United Against Zone Change and TradeCenter 84 in Willington CT

August 3, 2022
Signatures: 2,098Next Goal: 2,500
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Why this petition matters

Started by Kerry B

What is happening :

Zone change from residential to industrial use to put in a 1.5 MILLION square foot facility – the building will be .5 miles long and 600 feet wide.  This is 28% larger than the Buckland Hills Mall in Manchester.

This does not include parking. 

If this goes through :

Rolling hill behind Mobil station on River Road will turn into a massive warehouse/distribution center (one of the top 15 largest in the country).  Trees removed and blasting will take place to install warehouse

No tenant currently but the LOW END impacts will be :

  • 900 tractor trailer trips DAILY (VERY conservative estimate) coming on and off exit 70 and will be utilizing back roads around town – 32, 190, 90, 74, 320, 44
  • 1,500 + car trips daily will be coming and going for workers

That is almost equal to the number of households in the town

What they are promising is jobs and increased tax base for the town.  Other towns where this has happened have seen :

  • Decreased home values (upwards of 25%) 
  • Tax abatements for the company resulting in higher taxes for townspeople 
  • Increased traffic congestion and incidents
  • Increased noise and pollution 
  • Vacancies in warehouse resulting in permanent damage to the topography, landscape


Things to Consider :

  • Tearing down a mature forest and blasting bedrock and ledge which will never recover
  • Animals displaced and moving more into residential neighborhoods since their natural habitat is destroyed
  • Unknown environmental impacts with water and air quality
  • Unknown impacts on privately owned and personal wells with a facility of this magnitude

Petition will be sent to the PZC to show our objection to this zone change and Tradecenter 84 Proposal!

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**photograph was created based on the applicants submitted documentation and is representative of the proposed building footprint, building height, and sight design. The exact siting portrayed is approximate, but should be in the neighborhood of the proposed location in elevation (height) above the roadway etc.. this was created independently with no association to the applicant

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