**Please click here to access the Request for Qualifications and Proposals for the Redevelopment of the Former Parsons Chevrolet Property.**
Charge of the Committee pertaining to Parsons Property:
- The Committee will develop recommendations to the Town Council regarding the future use of the Parson’s property including ownership, control and use.
- If Town Council determines ownership is in the best interest of the Town of Farmington, the Committee will identify the steps necessary to transfer the property from the State of CT to the Town of Farmington in the most expeditious and cost-effective manner and report back to the Town Council on their recommendations.
- If the property is transferred to the Town of Farmington, the Committee will follow up on the successful planning workshops conducted in 2015, review the findings and listen to the community to understand the types of uses for the Parsons property which would enhance the Village and report back to the Town Council on its findings.
- Based on those findings and direction from the Town Council, the Committee will conduct a process to identify a preferred developer to partner with the Town to secure and develop the Parsons property in a manner which complements the historic buildings and the historic district and defines the most prominent entry into Farmington as a place of high quality, beauty, and character.
- The Committee will recommend the preferred Developer to the Town Council for approval. Based on that approval the preferred Developer will work with the Committee on the Proposal which would then proceed through the Town Plan and Zoning process and subsequently be approved by the Town Plan and Zoning Commission.
Studies to date:
- Farmington Village Center Streetscape Master Plan - July 2019
- The Final Master Plan - January 2017
- Farmington Center Study - October 2014
The Town of Farmington completed one appraisal on the property in 2019.
The State of Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) completed two appraisals of the property in 2018.
On September 12, 2019, Farmington's Town Planner outlined the possible paths to acquiring Parsons Property. The presentation can be found here: Pathway to Parsons Draft.
What happens if the Town declines to purchase the property?In the worst case, the State could choose to utilize the parcel for some purpose. (Commuter parking, salt storage building, DOT maintenance facility, etc.) That use would be exempt from zoning and design regulations and tax exempt. The State could auction the property to the highest bidder and the Town would have no control over who the developer is or what is proposed. Some experienced developers have suggested it is a good pharmacy site. The development would be subject to the zoning regulations, but if it complies with the regulations the Commission must approve.
Are there any easements on the property that prevent the Town from fully using the site?YES. There is an easement designed to protect the property at 1 Mountain Spring and various utility and access easements and restrictions. The Town is in the process of conducting a title search which will identify all encumbrances.
Are there grants available to help clean up the property?Yes, there are grants available for assessment and remediation of 'brownfield' properties. Farmington has never pursued this funding but staff members do have extensive experience applying for and administering State brownfield grants.