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The Rocky Hill Planning and Zoning Commission is expected to discuss a proposed site plan for redeveloping the long-vacant Ames headquarters on Main Street on Wednesday.

This is the second site plan submitted to the city by developer Belfonti Cos. LLC, based in Hamden.

The first plan was rejected by the commission about two months ago, but changes have been made to the overall design of the project, including the addition of additional public gathering space, according to Raymond Carpentino, director of economic development from Rocky Hill.

The latest site plan calls for the construction of 213 apartments in about 11 buildings, he said.

The project will include 93 one-bedroom units and 120 two-bedroom units, with 10% designated as affordable, according to Planning and Zoning Commission records.

The mixed-use development at 2418 Main Street will also contain 11,067 square feet of office space and 9,959 square feet of retail space with associated site improvements on approximately 12.65 acres.


The former Ames Corporate Center in Rocky Hill at 2418 Main St.

About an acre of the property will be set aside for public gathering space, Carpentino said, including a large patio and fire pit.

The former 180,000 square foot Ames property has been vacant since 2002 and city leaders have called it an eyesore in the heart of the city. Proposals for rehabilitation have come and gone over the years, but remediation of the asbestos-contaminated structure has been key.

Last April, the state stepped in to help move redevelopment efforts forward by approving a $500,000 grant to help fund the demolition.