Meriden Planning Commission approves zone change for senior apartments off Chamberlain Highway

Meriden Planning Commission approves zone change for senior apartments off Chamberlain Highway


MERIDEN — The Planning Commission approved a zone change request Wednesday night from a developer planning to build a senior apartment complex on a vacant, commercially zoned lot off Chamberlain Highway.

While City Planner Bob Seale initially proposed rezoning four addresses in the area to avoid “spot zoning,” the commission opted to recommend only two properties be rezoned.

Turnkey Senior Living LLC petitioned to change 323-325 Chamberlain Highway and 26 and 32 Edgewood Street from a C-3 district to a C-2. The two zones are nearly identical, according to Seale, with the key difference being C-2 allows for multi-family housing while the C-3 does not.

The company wants to build a senior apartment building at 32 Edgewood St. The property at 323-325 Chamberlain Highway is a commercial plaza just north of Edgewood Street, housing a Subway, hair salon and liquor store. A law office is located in a house at 26 Edgewood St.

Turnkey co-owner Jon Sullivan said Meriden’s central location and aging population make for a good market for senior housing.

“Every ten years in Meriden your population of seniors needing senior housing is going to double,” Sullivan said.

The complex would consist of one and two bedroom apartments under 1,000 square feet and would be leased for between $1,400 and $1,700 a month, Sullivan said.

While it would not offer assisted living, certain amenities would be available, such as 24-hour security, a concierge-type desk to coordinate transportation, laundry and house cleaning.

Attorney Dennis Ceneviva, who represents the company, said a zone change would be ideal as the property is not desirable to businesses because it does not front a main road.

Seale noted that rezoning the Chamberlain Highway commercial properties could potentially result in the businesses being converted into multi-family housing as the C-2 zone allows. That would go against the city’s Plan of Conservation and Development, which recommends retaining commercial properties.

After some discussion, the commission opted to recommend the removal the Chamberlain Highway addresses from the rezone petition, approving the rezoning of 32 and 26 Edgewood St. from C-3 to C-2.

Commissioner Ross Gulino said he “loved” the proposal, noting that having one company own the facility rather than selling individual units to residents is preferable.

The application will still need approval from the City Council’s Economic Development, Housing and Zoning Committee, in addition to the full City Council.

If approved, Turnkey would also need to submit a site plan application for the project.
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