People in Windsor Locks took a major step Monday night toward landing a massive outlet center in their town.
The Board of Selectman agreed to rezone an area near the airport so that developers could build there.
The plans call to transform the tobacco farm into a world-class premium outlet.
There will still need to be traffic studies and public hearings before the developer hits the goal to start building next fall.
Executives with Simon Property Group want to build a 350 thousand square foot outlet center on farm land between Old County and Route 20.
Bill Rousseau showed up on Monday night with an open mind about the project and the board feels that way as well, as it unanimously agreed to rezone the property.
Board member Michael Forschino said the project still has major hurdles to clear before it is approved but hopes everything can be ironed out.
“I'd love to see a mall out here I think it would bring more income into the town,” Forschino said.
Most people at Monday’s meeting seemed to like the plan but one man told Eyewitness News that he feels the extra traffic wouldn't be worth the trouble.
Another outlet center has been proposed near Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field in East Hartford but so far Simon has not commented on how that project would impact this project.
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