MONROE, CT — A developer plans to bring in 9,000 truckloads of fill to raise the elevation of the former Vitramon property at 10 and 36 Main St., while preparing the site for future development.
On Thursday night, the Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved the excavation and filling permit application brought by Solli Engineering on behalf of the owner, 10 and 36 Main St. LLC.
A total of 158,273 cubic yards of excavated fill material would raise the elevation of the 15-acre-property to an average of 328 feet, taking around 12 to 18 months to complete.
A waiver was granted allowing temporary onsite material sorting, rock crushing and processing for the duration of the permit, which expires on Oct. 21, 2023.
The hours of operation will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., but trucks bringing in fill from Main Street to the driveway off Victoria Drive may only come between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to avoid peak hour for commuter traffic.
Another condition of the commission’s approval is that no demolition material, including asphalt, will be imported to the site.
The developer must pay a $190,000 site stabilization and erosion control bond as part of the approval.
The Shoppes at Victoria Place
It has yet to be determined what will be proposed on the property once it’s ready for development. But prior to this application, Robert Dunbar, of Monroe, had planned to build The Shoppes at Victoria Place there, before progress stalled.
The commercial development would have offered shopping, a coffee shop and a maximum of two restaurants.
Dunbar had planned a retail development with six buildings totaling 115,000 square feet, cobblestone walkways, wood benches, old time street lamps, potted plants and access to the Rail Trail behind the property. The asphalt of the parking lot would have been broken up with landscaping and plantings.