HBJ: Windsor is "Planner's Dream"

Windsor is on the cusp of great change with multiple development projects larger in scale than any other in its history underway.

Naturally, there is pushback from those in town who don't want to see the Windsor they've come to know fade away in the name of business.

According to the Hartford Business Journal (HBJ), however, Windsor's not only doing everything right when it comes to providing a home for big business, but neighboring communities, including the state's capital, should take note.

"Windsor seems to have perfected its formula for attracting these types of businesses," reports HartfordBusiness.com on the heels of an application files with Windsor that points to Amazon.com having interest in making Windsor its newest distribution home.

Windsor's attraction to businesses is no secret. Town Manager Peter Souza and interested developers have said on many occasions that the town's seven exits on I-91 and proximity to Hartford make the town a natural for development consideration. Throw in the town's history of giving some businesses temporary tax abatements to build locally, and companies like Dollar Tree and ING are quick to hop on board.

HBJ calls this "business-friendly attitude" combined with easy access to all major area highways and Bradley International Airport "a logistic planner's dream."

"No wonder developers have proposed the 600-acre, 8,000-resident mixed-use Great Pond Village development," reports HBJ while saying Windsor may be "Connecticut's distribution hub."

According to HBJ, "Other Connecticut municipalities, including Hartford, could benefit from having the same clarity of focus."

Follow this link to read more about Windsor's success and how Hartford can improve: http://www.hartfordbusiness.com/article/20130819/PRINTEDITION/130819917
Paul C August 23, 2013 at 12:17 PM
even before it has been built they have given back half of the tax money to any one willing to live on this site.Great Pond is in its own tax district where only half of the money due to the town is paid. Maybe this is where the warehouses should go and not the homes Please research this whole mess and ask questions of the federal & town goverments and delevopers
Mary Ann Overbaugh August 23, 2013 at 12:33 PM
All due to Al Ilg's foresight and master plan! But then, the article fails for the statement about the housing plan.
Steve Pincott August 24, 2013 at 09:00 AM
Who wants or needs all this development? I, for one, won't be sticking around to see it. I'll be gone before the value of my property completely erodes.
Catherine & Dennis August 24, 2013 at 09:22 AM
Well run now Steve. In public hearings they will tell you over and over about their 100 year flood plan then when it floods send you a letter that it meets the Town's 25 year flood plan. They are liars and public hearings are a farce
Catherine & Dennis August 24, 2013 at 09:27 AM
Everyone should go to "contact me " on Erin Brocavitch's site. Great Nuclear Pond needs national attention. If many people contact her there is a good chance they will become involved
Malvi Lennon August 24, 2013 at 09:33 AM
We bought our house in Windsor because we liked the small town atmosphere with its proximity to Hartford (work) and to Enfield and Manchester with its shopping, restaurants etc. I would venture to say most others did similar. In fact, I doubt anyone bought a home here thinking some day in the near future, Windsor's schools would be a dismal failure, transient housing (apartments) would go up by the hundreds, and warehouses along with their minimum wage jobs would take over wherever possible. The liberal left with their “progressive” (more like regressive) ideas is hell bent on transforming Windsor into a Micro city. As a result, Windsor will turn into an extension of Hartford, and its attractions. such as crime (be sure to duck when the drive by shootings begin), blaring car radios playing the latest hip-hop, and run down neighborhoods, featuring young males moving in packs wearing their pants below their a--. How will this impact property values? They will plummet.
james walsh August 24, 2013 at 09:34 AM
Having worked nuclear power for years at this site I can honestly say there is no problem with the site. The idea that radioactive material was spilling out all over the land is ludicrous and far from reality. The way the government spent in the days of developing the nuclear technology of today it’s spending in environmental cleanup now. This site is prime and fine for residential development and very forward thinking. Windsor's management is doing a great job growing the tax base through commercial development. Development does not erode values more often than not it increases values. Where Windsor does a poor job for the money its costing tax payers is with its schools and public works.
Catherine & Dennis August 24, 2013 at 10:00 AM
http://www.brockovich.com/ see the tab contact Erin. I for one do not trust this site is safe for people to live on. I have seen how DEEP works.
Michaela I. Fissel August 24, 2013 at 05:57 PM
Who needs radioactive waste when you have a failing school district with a potential for two more years of misguided decision making between Doreen Richardson and Dr. Villar. Sorry to say, but unfortunately our Town is losing it's hometown feel, and with the trajectory of business development on the rise and test scores continuing to plummet - how are residents supposed to feel comfortable living here?
John Dunn August 24, 2013 at 08:03 PM
Question: Which Committee, Town Council, Town Manager, TP&ZC, Town Planner, Agency, determines, negotiates, authorizes, votes for, if and the amount and years, and percentages phase-in for the tax abatements given to the corporations to entice them to build their mega-boxes and multi-floor office sites? Are the votes and favorable grants historically political party and majority vote driven. Do Windsor Citizens ever have a Voice that counts in these financial deals that do affect residential tax payers?
Avon Lady August 25, 2013 at 07:29 AM
Oh yes nuclear waste in the buildings & soil is perfectly ok... you know just like Camel Cigarettes are preferred by 4 out of 5 Doctors & we should all go out & buy Camel Cigarettes because there's No Health Risk
John Williams August 26, 2013 at 07:00 AM
The Town Council is the ONLY voice for approval for tax abatement. The Town Manager can recommend it, TPZ has no say, including Planner, however, the love the idea of them. Remember, the TPZ Members are appointed by the Council, The Town Manager is hired by the Council and the Planner is hired by the Manager. Thus.....want real new direction.....replace the Council !
Albert Williams August 26, 2013 at 08:45 AM
I believe the Amazon Fulfillment Center Project - Economic Development Incentives are on the Economic Development Commission's agenda for tomorrow at NOON. It shows up to them before the Town Council gets to approve it. Don't I remember Malloy boasting his tax agreement with Amazon was great because it guaranteed Amazon a presence in CT and they weren't even looking for tax incentives to build?.........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................that being said, Windsor will soon be a town of tons of trucks and people with a skill set capable to pile boxes on a pallet.
Catherine & Dennis August 26, 2013 at 09:32 AM
@john Dunn. The finance committee made up of Simon, McKinney & Jepsen (majority democrat with one that almost always votes with the Dems) negotiates any abatement I believe then presents it to council. Interesting Malloy already said no need for incentives so since NOW Simon won't need to give away the farm he will act as if he "saved" us. That is his number 4 of his platform. Now he claims we need to be tougher on abatements and insure jobs are for Windsor. Interesting because when the Gov rammed Dollar Tree in a Fortune 500 company Ct taxpayers paid for the land, to build it, to train the $25k a year employees many who have Mass plates on their cars.
Catherine & Dennis August 26, 2013 at 09:42 AM
@ Albert. Unfortunately that skill set matches the test scores
Albert Williams August 26, 2013 at 10:05 AM
LOL - Thanks, now I have to wipe coffee off my computer screen!!
WR August 26, 2013 at 10:14 AM
@John Williams: You are correct. I am voting Republican or Independent. I will not be voting Democratic because I am so fed up with what I have seen as arrogance. I did see the 4 part platform and you are correct Mr. Simon is in favor of tax abatements. It is so written. He also wants a "living wage" for employees that will not be majority Windsor residents. His progressiveness comes for Washington that wants the big box stores to pay a 'living wage', but not smaller stories? Am I the only one that sees this as corrupt?
Malvi Lennon August 26, 2013 at 10:16 AM
Well folks this November we have an opportunity to "clean house". For the first time in a long time we DO NOT HAVE TO SETTLE for the "lesser of two evils". Plenty of new names to choose from. No more incumbents.
WR August 26, 2013 at 10:33 AM
I have a question, I found the WindsorRepublicans.com website and bios on almost all the candidates. I like almost everything I see. I found the WindsorIndependents.com website still silent on its candidates, nothing on the website as of a few minutes ago. I hope they have some great candidates.
John Williams August 26, 2013 at 10:44 AM
I agree WR. The are some very solid people within there. As for the Independents , Im pretty sure they are silent because they have no idea whom they are actually putting on their final Slate....thus, if they can't come to agreements on that importance with two months out on elections....then I'm , not so sure I will be casting my valuable votes this time around on them.
Agent 86 August 26, 2013 at 11:31 AM
Is there some valid publicly available information about "nuclear issue" in the Great Pond area? I would think this issue to be taken very seriously in lieu of Rocky Flats, etc. (BTW - the only tme the FBI has raided another Federal agency). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocky_Flats_Plant
Paul C August 26, 2013 at 12:15 PM
Great Cooling Pond Great Cesspool Village
Paul C August 26, 2013 at 12:21 PM
I see the planning The schools graduate the students with low skills so they have to work in these warehouses that are not air conditioned or heated. Then the town allows the developers to build low income housing. great pond poquonock village etc.They rebuild Day Hill Rd so the heavy 18 wheelers can get to 91 quickly. To complete the process the town is renamed Griffin.
Albert Williams August 26, 2013 at 01:19 PM
@JW, found this on the Courant back on 8/15... http://www.courant.com/community/windsor/hc-windsor-independent-slate-0816-20130815,0,7122568.story
John Williams August 26, 2013 at 04:02 PM
Albert...I mentioned they haven't put forth the "final" slate. What they published was to secure spots, as we will see. Sorry, I should have clarified a bit better.
Kathy Rosol August 26, 2013 at 07:07 PM
All I can say is I have grown up in Wilson , a Windsor community along side of my bother and sisters and many friends!! My family has deep roots her and has contributed a lot in the best interest of our town!! Windsor is made up of Wilson,poquonuck,and Hayden station right? At the end of the day we are all Windsor!! So people lets get real ! You and I should not be concerned with what are last name is or what "town we grew up in" all we should be concerned with is doing whatever we can to defend and support "Windsor"
Michaela I. Fissel August 26, 2013 at 07:27 PM
@WR - I am very interested to learn more about what you identified as not so liked content provided on the republican's website. Maybe areas that you would like to see improved if it is the website itself, or areas you think could be potential blind spots in the candidate bios. You can e-mail me at michaela.fissel@gmail.com if you would like to share your perspective. No pressure of course : ) I am running as a republican candidate for the board of education, and our team is extremely interested in hearing from community members to ensure that we move forward representing the voice of Windsor residents. That is, those who are elected from the Windsor Republican slate... but as it was mentioned in previous posts... a change is needed so hopefully we are all elected to shift the priorities of our BOE to represent the authentic and unbiased needs of our children.
WR August 27, 2013 at 10:10 AM
@Fissel, I was referring to the candidates... not the website. I like most of the candidates. A couple I have an issue with. Moreso on the Independent side, as they have been inconsistent more so on the BoE. It is time for some new blood and ideas.
Avon Lady August 28, 2013 at 08:41 AM
Disturbing the report at the link given above reads "Dr. Carl Johnson, Jefferson County health director from 1973 to 1981, directed numerous studies on contamination levels and health risks the plant posed to public health. Based on his conclusions, Johnson opposed housing development near Rocky Flats. He was fired. Later studies confirmed many of his findings.[5]" @ - @ - @ Dr Johnson said Not to Build Housing NEAR the Contaminated Site - but Great Pond is Building Right On Contaminated Land & During the building process all that contamination is getting kicked up into the air so home owners in the area very well get That Contamination On Their Lawns, Homes & Lungs @ - @ - @ - @ Some how this just keeps getting worse & worse but Town Council & the others at the Town Hall Do Not Seem to Care
Mary Ann Overbaugh August 29, 2013 at 04:54 PM
Other than clearing the land, what has happened to the property ...I see no activity.


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