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Neighbor Questions Belimo Plans on Danbury's Turner Road

Manufacturing plans proposed for Turner Road draws questions from neighbors.

When the Danbury Planning Commission first considered Belimo Air Controls' plans to build a manufacturing plant on Turner Road, a neighbor questioned the traffic impact.

announced in April it was expanding in Danbury, and the proposed site is a former Novo Nordisk manufacturing plant, long abandoned on Turner Road. For details on this business expansion in Danbury, which will double the plant size and double the work force, check this story.

The April 12 story announcing this new factory said, "The deal is contingent on the city approving a site plan for a new factory on Turner Road, which is off Saw Mill Road at I-84's Exit 1. The new factory will replace the dilapidated and abandoned former Novo Nordisk factory on Turner Road. The old Turner Road facility has been closed for more than 15 years.

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"They will have no problem with the permits," said Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton. The city's approval process for manufacturing plants also puts this project at the "top of the pile" for other approvals.

John Coppola, chief financial officer with Belimo, said Belimo has been growing in Danbury for 24 years, and the company agreed to expand again in Danbury because of the high quality of its 250 employees. The city also agreed to give the company a tax deferral on the new factory for seven years.

"This is right in the sweet spot for what we want to do in Danbury," said Bruce Tuomala, economic development director. "We want to keep what we have and grow what we have."

The Planning Commission is now considering the company's site plan for building the factory. Coppola said Belimo's plan is to demolish the old factory this summer and start construction in the fall.

Mark Langlois May 09, 2012 at 01:02 PM
G posted this on an earlier Belimo story. I think he's referencing the above neighbor in his comment. "The parent has reason to be concerned about the safety of school children. However, after that, most of his concerns seemed mostly about NIMBY."
Dave Bonan May 09, 2012 at 03:11 PM
7 year tax deferral. what do we get in return?
law May 09, 2012 at 08:15 PM
The city agreed years ago to give any business expanding or improving their business by a certain amount of money a seven year abatement on their taxes. If the amount of the improvement goes down, the time the abatement is good for goes down too. I don't remember the exact amount the business have to spend, but it is substantial. The premiss of the abatement is to attract or retain business in Danbury. The abatement originally was to attract business to main street area, but in later years goes for any business in Danbury.

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