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Developer plans to challenge denial of plan for Bronson apartments

Published 1:00 pm, Thursday, July 31, 2014
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The saga of a 95-unit "affordable" apartment building proposed for lower Bronson Road isn't over yet.

The Town Plan and Zoning Commission denied the apartment application from Garden Homes Management last week after 16 hours of public hearings -- where neighbors strongly opposed the project -- based on what its staff report said would be "substantial risks to public interests in health and safety."

John Fallon, the lawyer representing Garden Homes, confirmed Thursday that the Stamford-based developer plans to file an appeal of the denial in Superior Court. He said the applicant has until Aug. 9 to file that lawsuit.

The application for the 2.7-acre property at 92-140 Bronson Road spawned a new neighborhood association and vociferous public opposition. The property borders an entrance ramp to Interstate 95 and Metro-North Railroad tracks, as well as the Mill River.

Among the issues cited in the TPZ's denial of the application was the 20-foot width of the driveway into the proposed complex that was deemed insufficient; inadequate access for fire trucks with no possibility for a second driveway into the site, and a parking lot with 1.2 spaces per unit that could be a source of congestion, along with no "safe alternative" for any on-street parking.

Following the commission's vote, Joel Green, the lawyer who represented the opponents, said, "We're obviously pleased and thought that the decision was correct and recognized the many health and safety issues presented by the application."

He said the property was "totally inadequate" for the proposed apartment complex.