Torrington moves forward on development at former Hotchkiss Mill site

City leaders moved forward with a plan to demolish and clean up portions of the former Hotchkiss Mill property, recommended by Economic Development Director Rista Malanca. The plan requires Torrington to apply for a $1.5 million grant from the state Department of Economic and Community Development, from its Municipal Brownfield Grant program. In August 2021, a development group led by Paul Janerico, owner of Water’s Way and Paydirt LLC, presented the City Council with a concept design of the properties at 199 Water St., formerly known as the Hotchkiss Bros. factory, north to 229 Church St., formerly known as the Minetto building. Malanca’s proposal calls for “selective demolition” of the buildings that cannot be salvaged, as well as removal of hazardous materials. The CT State Historic Preservation Office has reviewed and approved the demolition plan, she said.

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