Auto parts store eyes Bridge Street site

NAUGATUCK — An auto parts chain store is looking to build a new store on Bridge Street.

The Zoning Commission this month accepted an application from Kelsey Gaines, Hutton ST 17, LLC, out of Tennessee to build a 7,240-square-foot O’Reilly’s Auto Parts at 112 Bridge St. The commission set a public hearing for Dec. 19 on the application, and referred the matter to the Planning Commission.

According to the property card, the entire lot is about 3.3 acres and owned by The Eastern Company. The auto parts store is planning to buy just over an acre at the corner of Bridge and School streets. The entire property is assessed at nearly $625,000.

The application states the project is expected to cost $1.2 million, including the building and site upgrades, and the store will employ 25 full and part-time employees when it’s finished.

The Dec. 19 meeting is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.