East Hartford OKs major Rentschler development

East Hartford’s Planning and Zoning Commission on Wednesday unanimously approved two applications on a planned development of a 300-acre site on the former Rentschler field. Boston-based National Development filed applications for a zone change to facilitate its master plan for the site, which includes two warehouse buildings totaling 2.5 million square feet and two 100,000-square-foot buildings for high-tech manufacturing and research and development. Ed Marsteiner, managing partner at National Development, said it is in negotiations with “influencer tenants,” household names that would bring credibility to the developer and the town while fueling further development. Marsteiner added that the company has a deal “essentially done” with a tenant for the planned 1.2 million-square-foot warehouse on the east side of the lot and are confident they will have a lease for the 1.3 million-square-foot building on the west side.


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