The state is looking for possible buyers for a blighted piece of property in Newington that used to be the site of an old psychiatric hospital.
In 2001, the state closed Cedarcrest Hospital along the Berlin Turnpike, due to budget constraints.
Now, state officials are hoping to find a developer who will lease or purchase the land where the former 103-bed hospital stands.
"It's big, it's green, it's private, it's quiet," said Newington Economic Development Director Andy Brecher." In the days of high tech innovation, I could see this place turned into a campus for pharmaceutical research, for software development."
It is unclear at this time what proposals the state has received for the property, if any at all. The bids for the site must be submitted by next Friday.
Brecher said the town would be interested in anything that would increase Newington's tax base.
Neighbors said the developer would have to address the traffic issue on Russell Road, which is a dead end street.
"If they're going to do that, they should open up that other road that goes down Jordan Lane," said Matthew DiCioccio, who is a Newington resident. "That would help out traffic flow, at least open up another exit, because there is only one entrance, exit out of here."
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