Long-dormant Manchester Parkade may soon get a developer


MANCHESTER — A Texas-based developer is the choice of the city’s redevelopment agency to revive Manchester Parkade’s long dormant ‘dark side’.

The agency recommended that the city’s board of directors negotiate a development agreement with Dallas’ Anthony Properties, said City Planning and Economic Development Director Gary Anderson.

The roughly 20-acre site off Broad Street has been the focus of a mixed-use development vision since voters in 2009 approved $8 million for revitalization of the area. The city demolished a vacant and dilapidated mall that gave the site its nickname, but since then the plot has been vacant.

City officials had reached an agreement with developer Manchester Parkade LLC for a residential, commercial and office project, but the city halted operations in January, citing slow progress and market changes. The developer’s subsequent lawsuit against the city for breach of contract is pending before the Superior Court.

“We’re moving forward,” Anderson said. “We feel we can move forward and the community is eager to do so.”

Anderson would not comment on the Dallas developer’s concept for the site, citing the board’s pending decision on whether to sign with the company.

Described on its website as a property development and investment company, Anthony Properties had proposed a 264-unit apartment complex in Newington near CTFastrak station and a mixed residential/commercial project on West Street in Southington.

Planners could not be contacted for updates on these projects, but Anthony Properties lists the Southington site as available for sale and development of 21,000 square feet of retail space.

The Company’s development portfolio includes multi-screen cinemas, apartment, retail and office projects and residential communities.


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