MERIDEN — Residents are voicing opposition to a zone change that would allow Carabetta Companies to construct a 25-unit apartment complex off North Broad Street, claiming the development would cause traffic issues and lower property values.
The matter was tabled Wednesday by the city’s Economic Development, Housing and Zoning Committee pending updated plans from the company.
Carabetta submitted a petition to change the zoning for properties at 1444 and 1460 N. Broad St. and several Lirot Court properties so the company can construct 25 apartment units in the predominantly single-family neighborhood.
City Planner Bob Seale said Carabetta requested the committee table the matter so it could submit more detailed site plans to help neighbors better understand what the development would look like.
Over 70 residents have signed a petition opposing the zone change. The petition says the development would be incompatible with the neighborhood, cause traffic issues, lower the value of their homes and decrease their quality of life.
During a public hearing, Stonycrest Drive resident Mark Kosnoff said he is worried about the impact of more cars to the neighborhood.
“I fear that if these apartments are built, the increased traffic flow will almost certainly result in an increase in traffic accidents,” Kosnoff said.
Resident Dan Zabrowski was in favor of the development, stating the city needs economic development to increase tax revenue.
Planning Commission alternate Jack Brooks disagreed, saying the apartments would go against the Plan of Conservation and Development’s vision for single-family neighborhoods.
“We do need development,” Brooks said. “This isn’t the location. It’s inappropriate.”
The committee voted to continue the public hearing March 21. The Planning Commission is also expected to discuss the matter March 14.