PLAINVILLE — A request for special bioscience zone status for three privately owned parcels in town will soon be sent to state economic officials, Town Planner Mark DeVoe said Friday.
The designation, expected to be granted by the state, would help the owners attract high-tech science and medical companies by giving eligible firms an 80 percent reduction in local taxes for five years, according to the special legislation passed by the state in 2011 creating the bioscience zones.
The 128 acres in Plainville eligible for consideration are in the Strawberry Fields Industrial Park, the Farmington Valley Corporate Park and a 53-acre plot on North Mountain Road near a new regional cancer center being built in New Britain on the Plainville town line.
DeVoe said maps of the eligible land and supporting documents will be sent in the next few days to the state Department of Economic and Community Development, which has the power to create the bioscience zones.
The town council unanimously approved the application to the state for the bioscience designation on Feb. 6. Town Manager Robert Lee said the designation will put the town in a better position to attract new businesses that might create jobs and add to the tax rolls.
The 80 percent tax abatement means full taxes would not be collected for five years, but the state legislation requires the state to pay participating cities and towns half of the abated taxes each year, DeVoe said.
The largest bioscience project in the state is The Jackson Laboratory genetic research facility, a billion-dollar development on the grounds of the UConn Health Center in Farmington, just north of Plainville. DeVoe said it is likely Jackson will spin off other bioscience businesses that might be interested in setting up in Plainville.
In 2010, Rep. Betty Boukus who represents Plainville and part of New Britain, sought to have Plainville included in the list of towns eligible to seek bioscience status.
"Bioscience firms are looking for towns to welcome them with open arms and that is the message we are sending in Plainville," Boukus said at the time.
DeVoe said Friday it is possible the town could have the bioscience status on the three parcels by mid-March. Whenever it happens, the town is ready to being marketing the zones to eligible applicants, he said.