MERIDEN – The City Council voted on several projects Monday night, including pushing back the deadline for two market-rate apartment buildings on the Meriden Green.
Councilor David Lowell, who chairs the city’s Economic Development, Housing and Zoning Committee, said the developer, Pennrose Properties, requested an 18 month delay months due to the hold up in moving all tenants from the Mills Memorial Apartments.
The $45 million project includes 170 apartments, 80-percent leased at market rate, in addition to retail and commercial space, Lowell said. The city’s agreement with Pennrose initially set a June 2017 and June 2018 completion for phase one and two of the project. The dates were moved back 18 months.
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“The primary reasons are for the delays in the relocation of the Mills residents and delay in completion of the train station,” Lowell said.
City Manager Guy Scaife’s said the Mills buildings should be completely emptied by Tuesday.
Councilor Lenny Rich spoke in favor of the project, saying market-rate housing is necessary to promote economic growth.
“We need people that are going to have the ability to have disposable income to be able to spend it down there,” Rich said.
Councilor Sonya Jelks was the only vote against the delay. She is opposed to adding any buildings to the Meriden Green.
“I believe it is in our interest to get more market-rate (apartments)... I am not in favor of putting buildings on the park,” Jelks said. “I think the park is beautiful without buildings.”
In other business, the Council voted to replace the damaged field light system at the Dunn Sports Complex for $40,000 and enter into a deal with Eversource Energy to convert to LED lights in six municipal buildings.