Saying 1.5 million square feet is way too big, Willington rejects ‘gargantuan Godzilla’ warehouse

In a major victory for hundreds of Willington homeowners, town planning officials unanimously rejected a Texas developer’s proposal for a 1.5-million-square-foot warehouse along I-84. After three long nights of public hearings that featured many dozens of residents speaking passionately against TradeCenter 84, the planning and zoning commission on Tuesday night unanimously rejected the proposal. Hillwood Development Co., a Dallas-based company that has built mega-warehouses around the country for Amazon and other clients, wanted to change the land’s zoning from residential to Strategic Development. Hillwood billed TradeCenter 84 as a source of hundreds of new jobs and potentially up to $3.8 million a year in fresh tax revenue to the town. Commissioners concluded the size and scale of the project wouldn’t be consistent with the town’s development plan.

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