Shelton sells another piece of Mas property

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The Board of Aldermen has approved the city’s purchase of 56 Blacks Hill Road for $590,000, with the cost being covered through use of American Rescue Plan funds. The city is still negotiating the purchase of 55 Blacks Hill Road.

The Board of Aldermen has approved the city’s purchase of 56 Blacks Hill Road for $590,000, with the cost being covered through use of American Rescue Plan funds. The city is still negotiating the purchase of 55 Blacks Hill Road.

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SHELTON — A city couple, owners of a local business, are now owners of six acres of land on the city-owned Mas property.

The Board of Aldermen, at its meeting Thursday, approved the sale of the land to William and Nicole Charney, owners of Shelton-based Advanced Home Audio, which is presently located on Long Hill Cross Road.

The couple agreed to pay the city $85,000 per acre, which comes out to $510,000. The aldermen’s approval states the total acreage and payment amount will be determined after the final subdivision of the nearly 70-acre parcel near Constitution Boulevard.

Mayor Mark Lauretti said, from his understanding, the company would be consolidating its operations on the purchased land.

“Many Connecticut companies are doing that right now,” Lauretti said about the desire to consolidate operations at one centralized location. “Shelton is working to keep Connecticut companies in Connecticut, to allow them to expand and grow right here.”

Lauretti said he remains in negotiations with three other large manufacturers considering purchasing land on the Mas property. He expects another announcement “in the next couple of weeks.”

William Charney was unavailable for comment.

The company’s website states that Advanced Home Audio staff designs, engineers, programs, installs, and maintains smart home technology control systems.

“We provide simple control of integrated technology and automation comprised of audio, video, lighting, shading, climate control, energy and power management, networking, phone, and security components,” the website states. “Our extensive experience, customer focused approach, and high quality of service make it easy for you to experience all the benefits of customized technology solutions for your home or business.”

This latest sale comes weeks after Lauretti announced that Bigelow Tea was purchasing 25 acres of the property for an estimated $2.1 million for its future expansion.

A major portion of the development is extending Constitution Blvd. West, with bids coming in between $4.5 million and nearly $10 million, Lauretti said in December.

Shelton state Reps. Jason Perillo and Ben McGorty and state Sen. Kevin Kelly worked alongside Lauretti to help secure $5 million in funding for the road extension in the state’s 2021 bond package. The funding will be available once approved by the state Bond Commission, according to Perillo.

Extending the roadway and use of the Mas property has been on the table for years, but Lauretti began the most recent push in April when he presented preliminary plans for creating the road leading into the city-owned land, which would be developed into a manufacturing corporate park.

Plans for accessing the 70-acre property include extending Constitution Boulevard to reach Route 108. Lauretti said a zone change would be needed, requiring plans to go before P&Z at some point.

The Mas property is now vacant. It is mostly wooded with considerable stone ledges and several ponds, including one that is about 600 feet long and 250 to 300 feet wide, and lies between Bridgeport Ave., Cots Street, Tisi Drive, Sunwood Condos on Nells Rock Road, Regent Drive, Walnut Avenue, and Kings Highway. Part of the land abuts the back of the Perry Hill School property.

brian.gioiele@hearstmediact.com