Developer plans to resubmit apartment application for Knights of Columbus property
Published 12:21 pm, Thursday, October 12, 2017
FAIRFIELD — A developer who wants to build an apartment complex on Unquowa Road will submit a new application to the Town Plan and Zoning Commission after the initial request was denied.
The developer was semi-successful — a transit-oriented overlay district was approved for the property, although it was modified by the commission. Those modifications meant the 118-unit apartment complex didn’t meet the regulations.
Post Road Residential, LLC, sought to build a 118-unit apartment building on the former Knights of Columbus property. The modifications made to the overlay district limits the construction to 90 units and requires that the complex consist of more than one building.
“We are in the process of looking into the board’s changes and comments, and we’re redesigning it to conform to the new regulations,” attorney Raymond Rizio said Monday. “We hope to be back before the board within 30 to 45 days.”
The new application will include two buildings, with a total of 90 units, with no units larger than 2 bedrooms.
The new overlay, which requires any property developed under the TODD regulations, to be at least 3 acres in size, and located within 600 feet of an entry door at Fairfield’s downtown train station that abuts the railway platform. Not less than 10 percent of the units must be set aside at below-market rates.
The modified amendment was approved by a vote of 4 to 3, and the permit application for the development itself was unanimously denied, without prejudice.
“We’re excited about the project, and we thought it was very well-received by the neighbors,” Rizio said. “We appreciate all of the commission’s hard work on this. We want to do all we can to bring back an application that conforms.”
Rizio said if approval is received for the reworked application, “hopefully, it will be under construction in the spring.”
An initial discussion of the proposed amendment sparked fireworks earlier in September when two members — Jim Kennelly and Seth Baratz — accused the vice chairman of intimidating fellow commissioners and the chairman of threatening. The next day, Kennelly took his name off the ballot for November’s municipal elections.
Kenelly Baratz and Commissioner Meg Francis voted against the modified amendment.