Developer Requesting Extension on Roosevelt Mills Project

The request for another six months is on Thursday's PZC agenda.

The architectural and development firm working on the project to transform the Roosevelt Mills property into residential and commercial space is requesting a six-month extension on all permits and deadlines.

The request by Westport-based Architectural+Development Studio LLC has been placed on Thursday's Vernon Planning and Zoning Commission agenda as a new business item. It would push deadlines to September.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Town Hall.

The mill at 215 East Main St. was built in 1906 and was known for its quality sweaters. It is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Loom City Lofts project, boosted by more than $1 million in state aid, is designed to construct 68 apartments and 10,000 square feet of commercial space.

In 2003, The Architecture+Development Studio, L.L.C.. also known as Studio A+D, entered into an agreement with the town for an option to purchase the site. Execution of the option was contingent upon each party reaching the agreed upon a series of "performance milestones," according to a history of the development on the Studio A+D web site.

In 2004 the Roosevelt Mills was placed into the state Department of Environmental Protection Voluntary Remediation Program. The two main areas of contamination were coal ash in the parking lot and chlorinated solvents under the first floor slab, left over from the mill’s former dry cleaning machines, Studio A+D said. Secondary "contaminant concerns" were minor amounts of asbestos and lead paint. An approved Remediation Action Plan was secured on May 15, 2005.

In April, 2010, then-Mayor Jason McCoy announced the groundbreaking ceremony for the project.

Development plans for Loom City Lofts include a combination of residential and commercial use, with sixty-eight one-bedroom apartments intended for the upper floors, and approximately 10,000 square feet of retail and office space planned for the first floor.

The project was anticipated to take approximately 15-18 months once construction begins, McCoy said in the original new release.

The property has been cleaned out and the building gutted for the transformation, but it still sits vacant while the developer works on the plans.

jakester March 12, 2012 at 11:28 PM
My Father looked at doing something with this Building 15 years ago but when he looked into why the face of the Cement is breaking off and you can see the re-bar sticking out he found out that when they built the Building it was before they developed coatings so the re-bar would not rust,So the re-bar rust is Expending which is Cracking and blowing apart the Cement which is why the Building is literally following apart ! The cost to FIX would out way tearing the building down and rebuilding it !
Bert March 13, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Do you think that the developer knows that? Let's hope not!
Thomas Nimmo August 19, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Any updates on this? Still no movement on the site. The state committed millions to this project and now the developer doesn't follow through?
meowkats4 August 19, 2012 at 03:31 PM
It will be six months on September 12th THAT WE POSTED ABOUT THIS ISSUE!! I wonder what song and dance we will hear as to why they won't be doing anything with this building, Well, WE hear the SONG of ANOTHER EXTENSION!!!
meowkats4 September 16, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Came across this article found it very interesting to find there is more of a problem going on around Connecticut with all of these so called "BROWNFIELDS" that can be found in Every Community in Connecticut: http://cttalking.com/government/connecticut/brownfields-can-be-found-in-every-connecticut-community/


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