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Development in Glastonbury to be voted on Tuesday night

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GLASTONBURY, CT (WFSB) -

A new development is being discussed in Glastonbury that would bring upscale restaurants and stores.

The initial development called the Shoppes at Avalon would be about 67,000 square feet on 14 acres at the convergence of Routes 2 and 3 in town.

It was approved in 2010 by the Glastonbury Planning and Zoning Commission, but the developer is in the process of re-applying because his two-year window to break ground had expired.

"The residential neighborhood there is pleasant, walkable and affordable," said Sandy Sergio of the Glastonbury Coalition for Sensible Growth.

The developer John Sakon asked for approval for an additional 27,000 square feet of construction as phase two of his plan for the property. The Glastonbury Coalition for Sensible Growth opposes the second phase for the same reasons they opposed the initial plan.

"What is odd is that the public hearing is coming on phase two - is coming before the regular meeting, which would be re-approving phase one," Sergio said.

The group argues that the development of the two phases would create traffic and congestion problems in a small residential neighborhood, which is across the street from an elementary school and just down the street from a very busy commercial strip.

"It's hard to go across Griswold Street even at a cross walk," Sergio said.

In approving phase one of the project, the commission decided that it would not create traffic and congestion problems.

"Well, just because the system can handle it doesn't mean it should handle it," Sergio said.

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