Torrington Holds Hearing for High School Construction Project


TORRINGTON — The school’s building committee and its team of architects and engineers are preparing to formally present the $159 million project, which was approved by voters in November 2020, to the Planning and zoning in March.

The Glastonbury-based SLAM Collaboration lodged the application with the Land Use Office in early February, which includes an exceptional use permit and site plans for the new build.

The approved project includes a new college building and administrative offices. The old building will be demolished after the completion of the new high school.

“Torrington Middle School (grades 7-8), High School (grades 9-12) and the Central Office Administraton department will be located in a new 309,900 state-of-the-art facility on the existing Torrington High School property,” wrote the SLAM Collaborative. in its application. “The existing THS building will be reduced and demolished, making way for on-site traffic, parking and a new, refurbished sports ground complex. The middle school wing is 3 stories and the high school wing is 4 stories, with a partial basement.

“(The Torrington Zoning By-law) allows the school to be permitted in zone R6,” according to the application, which permits the school construction project because “it is in the best interest of health, the safety and well-being of the public”.

The Board of Education’s school construction committee had to seek an additional $20 million to fund the project, which was approved in a referendum in January by about 5% of the city’s 21,000 eligible voters, with a result 1,129 to 301.

November 2020 voters approved construction of the new college and administrative offices for $159 million. Earlier this year, the state legislature announced that instead of a 65% reimbursement for all eligible project costs, that amount would be increased to 85%.

Residents voted to spend $159.6 million on a new college building that includes a new central administrative office wing, hoping that with about $85 million in reimbursement from the state, the city’s share would be lowered to $74.6 million. With the higher reimbursement, the city’s share was reduced to $28 million.

In December, school building committee co-chairs Mario Longobucco and Ed Arum came to city council asking to add $20 million to the project, citing rising student enrollment and rising construction costs and fees. materials. The co-chairs said more students would add to the overall footprint of the new facility. This, coupled with escalating construction and material costs, caused the project to go over budget.

“This year alone, there are 137 new students in grades 7 through 12, who weren’t there before the pandemic,” Longobucco said at the time. “The construction costs $525 per square foot. And as we all know, everything goes uphill. Material costs have increased. …So we had to go back to the drawing board.

The Planning and Zoning Commission is expected to review the building committee’s site plan application at its next meeting in March.


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