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December 6, 2005
Scoping Notices
      1.  NEW!  I-291 Corridor Project (South Windsor)
Environmental Impact Evaluations available for review and comment
      1.  Litchfield Judicial District Courthouse (Torrington)
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Scoping Notices

Scoping Notices have been issued for the following state projects.  These projects are in the earliest stages of planning.  At the scoping stage, detailed information on a project's design, alternatives, and environmental impacts does not yet exist.  Sponsoring agencies are asking for comments from other agencies and from the public as to the scope of alternatives and environmental impacts that should be considered for further study.  Send your comments to the contact person listed for the project by the date indicated.

1. Notice of Scoping for I-291 Corridor Project

Municipality where proposed project might be located:  South Windsor

Address of Possible Project Location:  I-291 Gateway Zone 

Project Description:   An Environmental Impact Evaluation (EIE) under CEPA will be prepared for the proposed project.  The Town of South Windsor has proposed a 165-acre industrial development in the area of Interstate 291, Route 30 and Route 5.  The town would like to develop 22-acres owned by the town and an additional 143 privately held acres in the I-291 Gateway Zone.  The parcels are located to the east of Connecticut Route 5, to the South of Chapel Road, to the North of Ellington Road, and State lands and I-291 border the property to the South. The development is expected to include the construction of roads, utility infrastructure connections, wetland mitigation as needed, and other associated improvements.

The EIE will address the direct impacts of the state actions described above as well as secondary and cumulative impacts to the natural and man-made environment associated with the proposed I-291 Corridor Project.  Some of the issues/concerns that will be addressed in the EIE are related to endangered and threatened species found within the project limits, present wetlands, stormwater generated from the project area, and archaeological resources present on the site. 

Project MapClick here to view a map of the project area.

Written comments from the public concerning the nature and extent of any environmental impacts of the proposed action are welcomed and will be accepted until the close of business on January 9, 2006.

Any person can ask the sponsoring agency to hold a Public Scoping Meeting by sending such a request to the address below.  If a meeting is requested by 25 or more individuals, or by an association that represents 25 or more members, the sponsoring agency shall schedule a Public Scoping Meeting.

Written comments and/or requests for a Public Scoping Meeting should be sent to:

Name: Dimple Desai
Agency: Economic and Community Development
Address: 505 Hudson, Hartford, CT 06106-7106 
Fax: 860-270-8157

The agency expects to release an Environmental Impact Evaluation for this project, for public review and comment, in September 2006

EIE Notices

The following Environmental Impact Evaluations (EIEs) have been completed by state agencies and are available for review and comment. 

1. EIE Notice for the Proposed Litchfield Judicial District Courthouse at Torrington, Connecticut

Municipality where project is proposed: Torrington

Address of Project Locations: The following sites in Torrington are under consideration for the proposed project:

Site Name


Property Owner(s)/Representative(s)

Timken Site

59 Field Street and adjacent parcel across Clark Street

Torrington Company

Nidec Site

100 Franklin Drive

Nidec America Corporation

Kelley Site

136 Water Street and adjacent municipal parking lot at the intersection of John Street and Church/Mason Street

The Kelly Realty Company, E.J. Kelley Company, and City of Torrington

Project Description: The Judicial Branch, in association with the Department of Public Works (DPW), proposes to consolidate and construct an approximately 160,000 square foot Litchfield Judicial District Courthouse in Torrington.  The new courthouse would house Civil, Criminal, Family and Juvenile Courts.  Nine courtrooms, as well as hearing rooms, judges’ chambers and court support services would be included in the new facility.  Additionally, approximately 400 parking spaces would be provided onsite to accommodate current and future needs for visitors, judges, and staff.  The existing Litchfield Courthouse on West Street in Litchfield would be renovated and remain in use for certain court functions. 

Project Location Map:  Click here to view the general location of the sites under consideration.  Click on the names of the sites below to view the individual sites.

Timken Site             Nidec Site               Kelley Site

Written comments on this document and any other pertinent information must be sent or postmarked by: December 23, 2005.

The public can view a copy of this EIE at:

  • City Clerk’s Office, Torrington City Hall, 140 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Room 209, Torrington, CT;
  • The Torrington Library, 12 Daycoeton Place, Torrington, CT;
  • Litchfield Town Clerk’s Office, Town Offices, 74 West Street, Litchfield, CT;
  • Oliver Wolcott Library, 160 South Street, Litchfield, CT; and
  • DPW, 165 Capitol Avenue, Room 275, Hartford, CT. 

The document is also available online at DPW’s web site at:

There is a public hearing scheduled for this EIE on:

DATEDecember 14, 2005

TIME: 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

PLACE: Torrington City Hall Auditorium, 140 Main Street, Torrington, CT

NOTES: The purpose of this public hearing is to solicit public comments on the EIE. 

Send your comments about this EIE to:


Joseph McMahon, Director of Facilities


Judicial Branch


90 Washington Street

Hartford, Connecticut 06106


(860) 706-5093


If you have questions about requesting a public hearing, or where you can review this EIE, or similar matters, please contact:


David Wlodkowski, Project Manager


Department of Public Works


165 Capitol Avenue, Room 460

Hartford, Connecticut 06106


(860) 713-5934


(860) 713-7270


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