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Resident Opposition to 5 Research Parkway Special Permit

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The Bristol Myers Squibb property at 5 Research Parkway has been sold to Calare Properties and will be vacated at the end of 2018. Calare has applied for a Special Permit (detailed below) that we as residents assert our opposition to.

Special Permit Inclusions:

  • Level the current facility
  • Build 2 distribution warehouses totaling 1.1 million square feet, each occupied by a different tenant, neither of which can be determined until the facility is built
  • Create parking lots for 970 cars
  • Create 143 trailer stalls
  • Create 244 loading docks
  • Tractor trailer trucks and cars enter onto Research and Carpenter
  • Possibly blast to level the land
  • Reconstruct Carpenter Lane to accommodate a separate car/tractor trailer entrance and exit, as well as a 45mph speed (as determined by the average speed on Carpenter Lane)

As residents, we have numerous concerns, many of which cannot be addressed due to the uncertainty regarding the future tenants.

  • Facility hours: Calare assumes 24/7 operation
  • Noise and Light: In recent years many of the trees and vegetation between the property under discussion and the residential area of High Hill Road have been removed by Eversource, removing a layer potential buffer for noise and light to the neighborhoods.
    • Will refrigeration trucks be allowed to run all night?
    • Will exterior speakers be installed?
    • What lighting will installed and what brightness?
    • Will lights be on 24/7?
    • Will this be visible in area homes?
  • Air Quality:
    • Will trucks be allowed to idle? If so, for how long?
    • Will our air quality be impacted by fumes?
  • Demolition and Construction: The engineering firm that Calare has hired estimates that "the majority" of demolition can be completed by machines (but they will not know the exact amount until they start work), with the remaining work done through blasting or chemical injections. Currently they have established a "blast zone" and will be required to conduct pre- and post- blast surveys for homes within the blast zone to assess potential damage to homes and wells.
    • What recourse do we have if our homes and wells are impacted?
    • If homes outside the designated "blast zone" are impacted, do they have recourse?
    • Will a fund be established to address this?
  • Traffic:
    • What is the expected traffic on roads?
    • Do traffic studies indicate the roads can handle the size of the trucks and volume of traffic?
    • The school bus company is located on an adjacent road (Northrop Road) and many school buses travel on that portion of Rt 68 and on Carpenter Lane. How will the influx of tractor trailers impact bus schedules and traffic?
    • Has a study been done on the safety of families and church goers driving on Carpenter among tractor trailer trucks?
    • There are 2 on/off ramps for I-91 expected to be utilized by tractor trailers, all of which are short in length and are operated by traffic lights. What will the impact be to the travel time?
  • Environmental Impact:
    • The site includes wetlands and the Muddy River which feeds into the public drinking water supply at Mackenzie Reservoir.
      • Would tractor-trailers be serviced on-site?
      • How will the existing animal population be impacted?

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