Development in Clinton: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back
A rendering of Building 3 at The Indian River Landing Image courtesy of Fuss and O’Neil )
Through 2020, two different major redevelopment projects caught the eyes an imaginations of Clinton residents: Indian River Landing and the former Unilever site.
Indian River Landing is the long-planned redevelopment of the old Morgan School by developer Greylock Property Group into a mixed-use development consisting of retail, restaurants, a hotel, a grocery store, and walking trails. Though residents approved the conditional $2.2 million sale of the property in 2018, the project still mixed-use needed to clear Clinton’ regulatory process before the deal officially closed.
In March the town’s Inland Wetlands Commission approved the project and concluded that there would be no adverse impacts to the wetlands from the project. Later that month, the PZC also approved the project. Two future tenants were confirmed for the development: a Big Y grocery store and a Starbucks.
On Oct. 5, nearly two years after the project was announced, control of the property was formally transitioned to the developer and the sale was complete. Demolition of the school started soon after with a target date for a partial opening occurring sometime in 2021.
The other development prospect that excited the public in 2020 concerned the former Unilever property. In January, the PZC received two separate applications from developer Michael Massimino: one for an apartment complex to be built in a former office building on the site and one to place a brewery inside a portion of the main headquarters building. Kinsmen Brewing Co. was named as the potential tenant.
The brewery application was pulled in March because Massimino applied for a state application for historic building preservation. If the building is deemed historic, it would result in tax credits for the developer.
Massimino opted to drop the application at the time but said he would resubmit the brewery application once the historic preservation application was done. The apartment application was approved by the PZC in May and a building permit approved in December.