Mayor Tim O’Brien is entering into sales agreement talks with Polamer Precision and Confectionary Art International after approval from various committees as well as the common council.
Polamer is paying the city $500,000 for 8.2 acres at the Pinnacle Heights site. Polamer hopes to employee up to 130 people at its Polamer aerospace manufacturing company when it opens in March 2013. They will occupy lots 9 and 10 and have an option for purchase or first rights of refusal on lot 8 that is almost 8 acres.
“This is a wonderful business that is coming into the City,” said Michael Trueworthy, mayor pro-tem. “We look forward to their success. We welcome them into town. The $500,000 price fits into line with what we’re looking to sell the property.”
O’Brien will also look to sell the properties at 80 Gold St. and 179 Broad St. to Mark Czerczak of Confectionary Art International, LLC (CAI) for parking lots.
The purchase price is $35,000 on the Gold St. property and $25,000 for the Broad St. property.
The two lots will be connected into one to be used for parking for the LaRose’s Bakery which is in the process of being purchased by CAI.
“These are vacant lots,” said Phil Sherwood, deputy chief of staff. “His goal is to expand the business and expand parking on Broad St. It’s great news for Broad St. as parking can be challenging in certain places.”
“We have had discussions and they are waiting to go to purchase the bakery,” said Trueworthy. “There is discussion on utilizing this area for parking outside emergency snow bans for the Broad St. area that is badly in need of parking on that wonderful street.”
Tenants in the area will be allowed to park in the lots when there are snow bans.
“This is one of three resolutions on our agenda that has to do with increasing business in the area and expanding and doing good things in New Britain,” said Alderwoman Suzanne Bielinski. “In the committee we did talk about this and I want to thank Mr. Czerczak for interest in our community and his investment in that area and expanding the business. I wish him luck.”
Czerczak refused comment at this time.
The council Wednesday also voted to send a proposal to administration, finance and law for an ordinance change.
“Right now the City of New Britain has an ordinance that if you have a weapon you are supposed to carry it by your side,” said Alderman Willie Pabon. “We are trying to change it to conceal it. Right now there are people walking around with guns by their side and it makes a lot of people nervous.”
Residents can carry a weapon, but it must be concealed. The item will come back to the council at a future meeting.