Two more apartment buildings proposed in Fairfield
FAIRFIELD — Two new apartment complexes are on the horizon in town, with applications pending before the Town Plan and Zoning Commission.
The first, tentatively scheduled for a hearing on Jan. 9, would create 20 residential units at 1and 59 Post Road, on the border with Bridgeport. The parcels currently house a commercial office building and a small retail building that is currently empty. The retail building would be demolished, and the parking lot for both buildings reconfigured.
The two-story residential building would be built over some of the ground level parking and would provide its residents with a view of Ash Creek.
“We’re very excited about it,” Ray Rizio, attorney for One Post Road, LLC, said. “We’re removing a totally, non-compliant, dilapidated commercial building.” The small building right now is also home to three billboards, which would be gone under the proposal.
There will be 18 two-bedroom units and two one-bedroom units. Each will have its own washer and dryer, and porch and 14 units will have views of Ash Creek. An existing public access to Ash Creek on town property will be connected to another section of public access at 1 Post Road, allowing the public access to the entire coastline along Ash Creek abutting the project site.
“It’s probably one of the only residential, multi-unit projects with a view of the water,” Rizio said
No changes are proposed for the office building at 1 Post Road.
The second project, from 1675 Post Road Partners, LLC, takes advantage of the state’s 8-30g affordable housing statute and combines housing and retail. The tentative date for a public hearing is Jan. 20.
The five-story, fully sprinklered building will feature 12 units, ranging in size from 785 square feet to 1,365 square feet, with four units set aside as affordable. Two units will be for those earning less than 60 percent of the state median income, and two units for those earning less than 80 percent of the state median. There will be eight one-bedroom units, and four two-bedroom units at Ruane Lofts.
The first floor will be a retail space.
Currently, the property, located next to St. Thomas Church, houses the Ronald J. Henry Co., an insurance company. Behind the project parcel, is Augustana Homes of Fairfield, a senior affordable housing apartment building owned by St. Thomas.