Plainfield ready to build on Amazon momentum

The project, which cleared the Planning and Zoning Commission earlier this month, is expected to bring in a fresh workforce, both for the project’s construction and operational phases, along with dozens of new families who will live and shop in town, First Selectman Kevin Cunningham said. Planning and Zoning Supervisor Mary Anne Chinatti said developers have called about moving into the former Better Valu Supermarket on Norwich Road, which closed in April 2019. The project will also mean a big, one-time funding windfall for the town from permitting fees. Building Official Richard Martel said a preliminary calculation figured the town will get $400,000 from a project building permit for the Amazon site. Cunningham said that money will be funneled into the town’s general fund and could be received by the end of the fiscal year on June 30 or soon after. He said he hopes the Thursday meeting will include firmer discussions on a construction start day and a timeline of the planned work.

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