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Self-Storage Developer Proposes Factory Conversion in Torrington, CT

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A real estate developer has proposed converting a former factory into a self-storage facility with interior units in Torrington, Conn. The project would require a zoning change, which the planning and zoning commission will discuss on Wednesday.

Current zoning does not allow for interior units in the industrial zone where the former Altek factory is located. That type of self-storage facility is only allowed in the city’s downtown area.

The bank-owned property at 245 E. Elm St. is currently for sale for $150,000.

Richard Calkins, commission chairman, has previously expressed reservations about altering zoning in industrial areas because of concerns that too many buildings could be converted to storage. The commission could permit a special-use exception that would enable city officials to have some control over which industrial-zone buildings could be converted.

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