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Gov. Supports Windsor Dollar Tree Construction; State Loans Company $7M

“Dollar Tree’s decision to invest and grow here is a positive sign that we are once again making Connecticut a competitive place to do business," Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy said in news release.

Leveraging company funds of $96.3 million, Dollar Tree Inc. will receive a $7 million low interest loan from the State of Connecticut to help build a one million square-foot distribution center in the Rainbow neighborhood of Windsor.

In a news release shared late Friday morning, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced the loan for the controversial local project, which includes 1 percent interest for 10-years, with potential loan forgiveness based on the number of jobs created and a training grant of up to $500,000 and is provided by the state Department of Economic and Community Development.

In addition, the company is eligible for up to $20 million in Urban & Industrial Sites Reinvestment Tax Credits, according to the release.

“This new distribution center — with its 200 new jobs and nearly $100 million in private capital investment — could have been located in New York or Massachusetts,” Malloy in the release, adding that construction on the $104 million distribution center will commence immediately.

The company for the price of $7 million earlier this month.

The Dollar Tree proposal has been at the forefront for many Windsor residents either passionately in support of or against the proposal and those who are part of its municipal government.

The project has _, _ and pitted residents of the Rainbow neighborhood against the _ that approved the permitting for the project and caused them to question the state's determination of _.

This phase of the project is expected to create more than 425 construction jobs over the next 12 months, according to the governor's release. Upon completion, the new facility will service the company’s stores across Connecticut, New York, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

In addition, the facility is expected to generate significant incremental tax revenues to the community, according to the release. A specific amount was not provided.

“Without the state’s guidance, Dollar Tree’s new distribution facility, the millions of dollars of investment and the 200 jobs surely would have landed in New York. Another factor was the town’s permitting process, which really facilitated the project and impressed the council," Windsor Mayor Donald S. Trinks said in the release.

“We evaluated several potential sites for this facility,” Bob Sasser, President and Chief Executive Officer of Dollar Tree, in the release. “The Windsor site was our first choice because of the availability of skilled workers, accessibility to highways and the support of our efforts from Governor Malloy as well as other state and local representatives. We look forward to becoming a part of the Windsor, Connecticut community.”

Albert Williams July 27, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Had to be given in a news release because #1 Malloy has no idea where Windsor is, and #2 he's too afraid to show his face at a press conference with those PO'd residents. Congrats Windsor and CT-Gov, millions supporting a dollar store...doesn't get more low rent than that.
Amazing Grace July 27, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Way to go Governor!! I for one am very excited about this approval and cannot wait to one day be among the 200-employees to work there. I go by this site every day, and now cannot wait to see it progress further and faster. If anyone read my other post you will know that I live closer to this site than you realize. I will also not be responding to any replies to this comment. Just wanted to express in a general post that I am very happy this was approved....
Albert Williams July 27, 2012 at 05:46 PM
In the Gov's press release it states this "passed a town-wide ballot initiative". Can someone please explain?
tchjjal July 27, 2012 at 06:54 PM
he gets to pick and choose who the "lucky winners" are while the rest of us have to make it through the high regulations and standard loans for starting business - with no potential for load forgiveness...and this at the taxpayers expense! Who made this guy our dictator? Oh, yes, it was the liberal democrats!
Catherine & Dennis July 27, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Copy and paste letter sent to Gov. Website. 1) Construction will commence immediately? We have been suffering with earthquakes to our homes and polluted dust for weeks, check the many calls to DEEP that they do nothing about. Contaminate testing was incomplete and we do not believe it is accurate. 2) "availability of "skilled workers" it is a skill to move chinese crap from one box to another and put it on a conveyor? 3) Thank you for finally admitting you were behind the farce of approvals through Inland Wetlands and P & Z in Windsor 4) There was NO Town wide ballot -in fact there is an active lawsuit against the town because they WOULD NOT ALLOW A VOTE 5) 425 construction jobs -many not for CT workers, Clancy & Theys is from Virginia, many of the plates for the vehicles at the site are from Mass. 6) You destroyed home values, home life, and health of all of people near this site. You have destroyed our finances now will want to tax the hell out of us to pay for it. 7) Supervision-counted in the 200 will come from other states, not CT jobs. How in the hell do you sleep at night? This press release like the entire process was a lie.
Catherine & Dennis July 27, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Next..........people moving into homes built on a nuclear site. Lets change the name of the town to Simpsonville.
Catherine & Dennis July 27, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Everyone better start saving up -if that is even possible any more -and I do mean every citizen in CT -all of YOU are paying to build this thing.
Douglas Woods July 27, 2012 at 10:55 PM
I sent the governor an email as well..he may have trouble reading but I think despite his limited intellectual ability he will be able to read my two worded message to him!
WindsorRocks July 28, 2012 at 11:13 AM
Dear Governor Malloy, I highly encourage you to reconsider the investment that the State of Connecticut is now making due to your decision as Governor to support the Dollar Tree Construction. I make this recommendation because it is clear that you, nor your staff, completed the appropriate research to determine if this was a wise investment for tax payers, constituents, and voters. 1) Contaminate testing was incomplete and there for could not be determined to be below a safe level. There is an elementary school, and daycare located just 2.6 miles east from the site. Obviously, you were given inaccurate information if you would use State Dollars to support the Dollar Tree construction since this is jeopardizing the safety and welfare of our most vulnerable asset, our children. 2) "availability of "skilled workers" The majority of the work will be machine operated. 3) It is now also clear that you levied your clout as Governor to push for the unethical approval process used to get this passed within the Windsor Inland Wetlands and Planning & Zoning Committees. You must work with Al Simon, who was recently under extreme scrutiny for his conduct as an elected official of Windsor.
WindsorRocks July 28, 2012 at 11:13 AM
4) There was no Town wide ballot -in fact there is an active lawsuit against the town because they WOULD NOT ALLOW A VOTE. The majority of Windsor Residence would have voted against the construction of Dollar Tree within a residential neighborhood. This is not to say that Windsor Constituents would have been against the construction of Dollar Tree in the Day Hill Rd. area of town which is perfectly accessible to a large scale distribution center. It was clear that there was a motive or incentive to the choice of location. 5) 425 construction jobs -many not for CT workers, Clancy & Theys is from Virginia, many of the plates for the vehicles at the site are from Mass.
WindsorRocks July 28, 2012 at 11:13 AM
I would highly recommend that you reconsider your support of the Dollar Tree Construction in Windsor, CT. It is not clear how your reelection will be effected by this decision because the Town Council of Windsor failed to follow ethical procedures when passing this through the committees. This accusation is documented and supported by the proceedings that have occurred over the past two years. In the end, it would be unwise to support this type of investment. Thank you for considering this e-mail against your support of the Dollar Tree Construction in Windsor, CT. My family, friends, and I will not be voting for you in the next election because you obviously are unable to conduct the appropriate research to make wise investments that support the health and wellbeing of our your constituents. Sincerely,
Dave Appel July 28, 2012 at 12:18 PM
I find it interesting that this one project generates so much ire, when such vocal protest was notably absent for other nearby development, including one in which destruction of habitat for endangered species was dismissed by a developer when he advised the TPZ "there's already so little suitable habitat around; it will be good not to lure them into such an unsuitable property" The environmental concerns raised would be much more credible if they had been raised consistently for other properties. An objective observer might question whether this is just a simple case of NIMBYism, organized by a few folks who didn't really care when it was someone else's back yard.
Glen Fisher July 28, 2012 at 02:22 PM
What I'm not seeing or hearing is a thank you from town officials and residents about how the people of Rainbow saved the town money...without the uproar and complaining Dollar Tree would have received an uncontested 70% abatement, not 40% or even possibly nothing. You're welcome. Interesting that the Gov added $250k in safety upgrades to his mansion BEFORE he released the agreement.
Catherine & Dennis July 28, 2012 at 02:51 PM
As noted in previous posts Dave, we like many people in Town were not involved prior to it happening to us and we were totally appauled to watch the town system work. We have asked everyone and continue to do so that they become informed and involved since we learned how it works. However I dont believe we have seen you involved in this instance with Dollar Tree after you went through a similar experience except for this post? We have learned through this debacle and we will continue to make it known to everyone how wrong it was and what it affected. We have asked the Town to at least have a workshop to discuss the issues for change, so far their current system has worked for them and they are ignorning the requests. Maybe you could join that cause to work for change? I have noted in previous posts that I am embarrassed that I was not involved earlier in life, I was naive in believing that our town would take care of us and that laws were in place to protect us and the environment -again we did not learn this until now. We arent going away. It would be nice if you would join with us since you learned it first we would welcome your support for this or any other project that needs the outcry.
Catherine & Dennis July 28, 2012 at 03:14 PM
The answer is to do all we can to be sure people are informed, get them to the meetings so they can see there is no real chance for input and the little there is is just a formality that is ignored. To see how no one on the committees asks one question of experts when questions are begging to be asked (a bird expert on site in February when the birds are migratory, a water budget that was handed in by an ex board of ed member when the project engineer went to great pains to name every town in the state he searched yet couldnt find one or when they are absent from these meetings yet show up to vote). The answer is to educate, inform, get them to see for themselves and to mandate the change with your vote.
Catherine & Dennis July 28, 2012 at 03:36 PM
It should be known by all that the Governor did have the opportunity to complete due diligence in this matter, he chose to ignore it. We have written to him numerous times and the group met with Commissioner Catherine Smith and Deputy Commissioner Ron Angelo of the DECD to give them information they should have considered. We invited them to the site to see for themselves which they declined. This was a done deal no matter what from the initial letter from the Governor to put on the full court press. When it got too ugly to deal with the obvious issues of the contamination, the governor sent in the Director of DEEP to give the a ok without the proper testing being completed. It is a matter of record for all to see. You dont fight that hard to hide the testing prior to him showing up if there was nothing to hide. Everyone needs to push with the National media to get this investigated. The FBI is already in the area for others........
Kelly July 28, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Dave I agree with you. I live near the area and the surounding property has been developed and added to over the course of many years. Why having this particular building be built is such an issue I will never understand. The majority of those complaining have the buidling in front of them but no one saw this coming? Really? I have never heard of anyone in the neighborhood worried about turtles or other wildlife either. How are the concerned home owners in the area complaining about the chemicals on the land that was used for farming and than in the same breath state that it is also a sanctuary for wildlife? They must be a very rare turtle that can live in what we are being told is such a contaminated area. As far as the dropping of property values is concerned- has anyone driven by the area and looked at the majority of the houses directly located in front of the construction taking place? These are not half million dollar homes people. Most of them look as if they should be condemned in some cases. In this case the warehouse being maintained and landscaped should actually improve the area.
Catherine & Dennis July 29, 2012 at 01:28 PM
@Kelly -that is what comes with turning a neighborhood into an industrial site two homes have been abandonded. How much is your home worth? Is that a deciding factor in all of the issues? Yes issues that you obviously have not researched. You have to love the off handed comments made by those that are totally uninformed. You live near the site yet never heard anyone concerned with the animals? We dont know who you are so we are not sure how you would hear it other than the many town meetings, writings etc.It would be appreciated if you would get informed before making such offhanded remarks. There were people all over town that signed a petition against this The Towns own conservation group voiced its concern but it fell on deaf ears See the Bradley report on the birds. There are many, many more in Winterwood and Stone, Webber, Loren and Karen Circle against it. Do research on Chlordane, Dieldren. Do research on proper remediation of it. Do research on the proper testing of it. Look at the p & z regulations requiring sufficient buffers between two zones. Please do your research. Your town and state is subsidizing this Fortune 500 company with millions of your money. I guess you have enough to cover the ever increasing taxes? Please do your research
Julian McKinley (Editor) August 10, 2012 at 12:20 AM
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