CT developer is capable, successful and very private

SOUTHINGTON – As an up-and-coming developer, 37-year-old Carl P. Verderame III doesn’t seek attention. That’s despite his success in building a recent industrial park and last week’s approval of a 172,000-square-foot sports complex.

Verderame declined to be interviewed for this article, but business associates and family friends share a similar opinion of the Southington native: He’s very capable, successful and private.

“We deal with a lot of developers. When Carl decides on a project, it’s worthwhile and he moves on it,” said Economic Development Director Louis Perillo III. “He’s proven to be very capable and he works with the town very well,” he said.

“Our families go way back,” said Town Councilor Anthony D’Angelo. He said Carl’s father, Carl P. Verderame Jr., helped D’Angelo get into the Unico Club. “We went to high school together,” he said.

The family patriarch, Carl Verderame Sr., had a baseball field named after him at Recreation Park in the early 1960s.

“Historically, the family is very community-oriented. Their ties with Southington make it easy for the town to work with them,” D’Angelo said.

Carl Verderame Jr. served on the Planning and Zoning Commission for 22 years, with eight years as the chairman, before resigning in 2000. Michael DelSanto, the current commission chairman, said he was on a Little League team with Carl Verderame III coached by Carl Verderame Jr. “The Verderames are big names in town,” he said.

Carl Verderame III operates at least three limited liability companies: Central Connecticut Contracting LLC which was created in 2005 and is the company involved with the sports complex; Southington Industrial Associates Inc., formed in 2008 for the development of the industrial park and Rt. 322 LLC, which was started in 2006.

Carl Verderame III is also a partner in Dee Zee Ice Inc. an ice manufacturing company which recently received approval for a 12,325-square-foot building in the industrial park. Once the building is completed, the company will move its headquarters from South Windsor.

Since Carl Verderame III established the first phase of the industrial park in 2008, Perillo said 16 out of 20 lots have been sold. The 24-acre property, off Captain Lewis Drive, offers a variety of lot sizes with some as small as one-tenth of an acre up to 2 acres.

The 24-acre property had been known as the Rousseau farm. Carl Verderame III purchased it for $1.4 million after outbidding the town, which had offered $945,000 for the land. He said at the time that the town didn’t offer any small industrial lots for companies that didn’t need multi-acre properties.

“He’s come through with several multi-million dollar projects. He continues to work to get things done,” said Perillo.

The latest multi-million project by Carl Verderame III is the Midstate Sports Arena, valued at $18 million. The complex would house three full-size athletic fields, three basketball courts, batting cages and other amenities. The location off Spring Street is visible from Interstate 84.

The sports complex would be built on land owned by Edward Delahunty of New Britain. Ownership of the adjacent Smoron Farm is being contested in New Britain Probate Court. The two properties cover 90 acres but Carl Verderame III said in 2009 that the sports complex would only take up about 20 acres. The remaining land could house similar businesses, he said, such as sports equipment companies. No date on the Probate Court decision has been released.

Carl Verderame III also owns the once-foreclosed Michael’s Auto Body property on Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike under the company name of Route 322 LLC. No plans for the nearly one-acre property across from the Manor Inn have been publicly announced. The lot contains a 9,800-square-foot building.

In 2002, Carl Verderame III built a 3,500-square-foot home on County Road, off Marion Avenue, as his private residence. The Colonial-style home which sits on more than 2 acres is valued at nearly a half-million dollars.


Developer is capable, successful and very private
Leslie Hutchison
June 13, 2010
MyRecordJournal.com (CT)