Three years after Shelton developer Robert Scinto and Stew Leonard’s first announced a possible sale of the 42-acre property on Marsh Hill Road owned by Stew Leonard’s, a project proposal is taking shape. Scinto presented plans for a “signature office building” at 161 Marsh Hill Road, a project, which according to First Selectman Jim Zeoli will bring a “high end taxpayer” to town, provided the town’s land use agencies give them the green light.
Zeoli was pleased that the deal seems to be moving forward. “This building is exactly what the town envisioned for its gateway,” he said at the July 14 meeting of the Inland-Wetland Agency. The proposal is for a four-story, 80,000 square-foot building situated very close to the I-95 off-ramp.
The office building would have a smaller footprint than the Stew Leonard’s store approved for that site ten years ago. The Stew Leonard’s plans never came to fruition after a long and bitter battle with a grassroots group called Save Our Neighborhood, which took its cause all the way up to the state Supreme Court. Eventually the court overturned the approval on a technicality (erosion control measures were not part of the public hearing).
The proposed office building is “nowhere near the scope of the project approved ten years ago,” Wetlands Enforcement Officer Scott Allen told the commissioners at the Inland-Wetlands meeting. He said the building will be situated well away from any wetlands or upland review areas. The commissioners subsequently left it up to Allen to issue an administrative permit.
Scinto said he was presenting plans for a building design by architect Seung Hweon Park of ArchiChord, an architectural firm based in Bridgeport. A formal application is expected to be on the agenda of The Town Plan and Zoning Commission on the third Tuesday in August.
Photo rendering supplied by Robert D. Scinto Inc. of the main entry side of the 4-story Office Building proposed on Marsh Hill Road.
By Bettina Thiel – Orange Town News Correspondent