Grant application for wind turbine company gets second wind

By Janice Steinhagen - Staff Writer
Jewett City - posted Mon., Jan. 27, 2014

The ball is rolling again on a proposal for a wind turbine manufacturer to move into the former Wyre Wynd complex, but the new structure’s owner says that even if plans ultimately fall through, he is committed to establishing an industrial park at the site. Griswold First Selectman Kevin Skulczyck said that he and Change Wind Corp. Chief Executive Officer Jim Bardia met with officials from the state Department of Economic and Community Development last week. “At that meeting, some new options were put on the table,” he said.

In addition, Change Wind provided the state with some needed documents toward obtaining state grant money for job creation, he said. The state grant could total as much as $500,000, which would be used toward renovation of the vacant factory structure at 77 Anthony St., which includes eight buildings on 17 acres and which formerly housed a wire manufacturer.

“I feel very optimistic. It looks like we have the opportunity to keep this business in Jewett City,” said Skulczyck.

Plans for the wind turbine manufacturer were announced in October 2013, when the sale of the property was finalized. But stalling in the state grant process led Change Wind to consider an alternate property in Pennsylvania, which is already in move-in condition. That option is still on the table, according to both Skulczyck and Bardia.

Bardia declined to comment on the status of Change Wind’s application to the DECD, but confirmed that his company Notus Euros LLC, which owns the building, still plans to develop the site into a small industrial park. “We will move forward with the development of Aspinook Industrial Park. We’re trying to get seven or eight rental spaces populated with small businesses,” he said. “We own the property. We’re not going to leave it empty. Whether or not Change Wind becomes the anchor tenant… the industrial park should still help the community.”

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