Big Y Ready to Move in Clinton, Hoping for 2021 Opening
Walls are rising at the site of the future Big Y grocery at Indian River Landing in Clinton. (Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News | Buy This Photo)
Construction on Big Y, the first tenant in the redeveloped old Morgan School site, is set to start soon with developers projecting an opening date in late 2021.
Indian River Landing, a 37-acre development being built by Greylock Property Group on the site of the town’s former high school, when built to completion, ill be transformed into a mixed-use development that will include retail, restaurants, and a hotel.
The Big Y, which will use about 55,000 square feet, is slated to be the first tenant. Construction of that store is set to start soon according to a report given to the Planning & Zoning Commission by consultant town planner John Guszkowski. Guszkowski said that there has been some prep work on the site already and a ground breaking should be in about a month.
Building inspector Ed Smith said a concrete foundation has already been set , with more permits expected soon.
“A building permit and a plumbing permit have been issued. I anticipate that an electrical and HVAC permit will soon follow,” Smith said.
Greylock representative Ken Navarro said the targeted opening date for the store, at the end of the year, is tentative and dependent on many factors.
The $2.2 million sale of the town-owned old Morgan School property on Route 81 to Greylock Property Group officially closed on Oct. 5, 2020 after voters approved the tentative sale in 2018. Demolition of the old school building began shortly after the deal was closed. The redevelopment of the property is something that Clinton residents have been looking forward to since the old high school closed its doors for good in 2016.
So far, the only other confirmed tenant is a Starbucks coffee shop; Navarro has said more tenants will be announced as they are signed. The full plans for Indian River Landing call for multiple buildings to be constructed to house retail, restaurants, and a hotel in addition to the Big Y and Starbucks. The development will also include walking trails and a park area for recreation uses.
The construction will take place in multiple phases with phase one to include construction of infrastructure, Big Y, Starbucks, and one retail building. Navarro estimated that phase one of construction would be completed by the end of 2021.