A fourth assisted living facility in Fairfield?
Updated 12:06 pm, Monday, November 14, 2016
FAIRFIELD — While a decision on what could be the town’s third assisted living facility is pending, the Town Plan and Zoning Commission will hold a hearing Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. on a fourth facility, this time on Stillson Road.
Assisted living facilities have been approved for Mill Hill Road, as well as Mill Plain Road. A decision on a third facility on Stratfield Road at the current site of a synagogue is awaiting additional information on landscaping at the property.
Regarding the newest possible facility, neighbors have formed “Save Stillson Road” and are reaching out via Facebook. So far, the group has over 600 members.
“Overall, it’s the impact on the neighborhood [from] traffic,” said Mike Gorman, who is spearheading the new neighborhood group. “Traffic is clearly a concern for the neighborhood and the extended area.”
Gorman said a lot of people use Stillson Road to get downtown or to Interstate 95. “It gets backed up quite often,” he said.
The Town Plan and Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. on an assisted living facility on Stillson Road.
The application from ND Acquisitions, LLC, for a special permit, calls for a 64-unit memory care/assisted facility called “Bridges by EPOCH at Fairfield.” ND Acquisitions is based in Newton Lower Falls, Mass.
The site would be made up four parcels — 430, 452, 470 and 484 Stillson Road — totaling 4.27 acres. The properties are all zoned Residence A, and have single-family homes that would be demolished.
The Inland Wetlands Commission approved the application in July .
The 64 units will hold up to 72 people because some of the units will be “companion suites” with a second bed.
“They’re squeezing it in,” Gorman said, adding he’s hoping for a large turnout at the public hearing. “We’ve been trying our hardest.”
He said members of a group fighting a proposed affordable housing apartment building on Moritz Place are spreading the word about the assisted living facility among their members as well.