Site plan OK’d for office addition at Broan-NuTone in Hartford
Addition to include lab and test space


Sept. 12, 2017

 Two men are seen outside Broan-NuTone Monday morning in Hartford. The business is proposing a 12,000-square-foot addition that would be used for office, lab and test space.
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HARTFORD — After very little discussion and a unanimous vote, the city’s Plan Commission on Monday approved a site plan for a proposed 12,000-square-foot addition to the Broan-NuTone complex along Madison Drive.

The new space is in addition to the ongoing construction of the company’s logistics center on the same campus.

“Will the addition be used for storage?” asked Alderman and Commission Member Bob Jewell.

“The proposed addition will house offices, a conference room and restrooms as well as new lab and test space,” said City Planner Justin Drew.

Jewel also said the building addition would be included in the proposed new Tax Incremental Finance District No. 11 that city officials are near giving final approval to. A TIF district uses additional property taxes generated within its borders through increased economic development to pay for building infrastructure such as sewer and water, storm water management, roads, access to electricity and natural gas as well as other improvements needed to spur development.

Drew said the property is located at 1140 Madison Drive and is surrounded by other manufacturing properties to the south, west and north and a park and two-family properties to the east and will be south of the existing building.

“The addition meets all setback requirements and will be set back about 390 feet from North Wacker Drive,” Drew said. “The exterior will be constructed of tan pre-finished insulated metal panels. The existing building, which the addition will be built next to, is brick facing Madison Drive and cream colored concrete block facing North Wacker Drive. The addition’s materials are similar to those being used in construction of the new logistics center.”

Drew said the space for the addition is now used for parking. Thirteen new parking stalls will created on the west side of the addition.

“Given that the lab is part of the larger Broan-Nutone complex, staff believes that adequate parking exists,” Drew said.

The proposed addition, Drew said, will be built at the same elevation as the existing building. “The building will also include sprinklers for fire protection,” he said.

Church storage building

In other business, with little discussion the Commission also unanimously approved a site plan for a proposed cold storage she on the property of First Congregational Church at 621 Abbott Ave., which is the former home of the local VFW. The building proposed would be 24-by-32 feet and slightly more than 11 feet tall.

“The campus of the church is made up of two lots and the church is in the process of joining the lots to allow the building of the shed. In order for the new shed to be placed in the desired location the two lots must be joined,” Drew said. “A shed that is already located there will be removed. The proposed location for the new shed is in the vacant parcel behind the church parcel.”