An earlier version of this story inaccurately reported a project timeline. The owners haven’t planned Fantasia’s closure or the start of the project.
NORTH HAVEN — Almost 90 new apartments are planned for the current site of the Fantasia banquet hall after all currently booked events are finished in 2020.
On Monday, the Planning and Zoning Commission approved the plan after a public hearing. The special permit application was made by Fantasia owner Reno Russo.
Construction of the apartments would require the owners to also demolish the existing Fantasia building. Silvana DeRosa, Russo’s daughter, told the Record-Journal in August that there are currently no plans to close Fantasia and the banquet hall has events booked through 2020.
The Fantasia plan was presented by attorney Bernard Pellegrino, project engineer Matthew Niski and architect Robert Mangino.
The site plan was approved with conditions that town staff work with the project engineers to establish which exisitng trees should be saved for a buffer zone of trees between the rear of the Fantasia site and residential areas.
The commission also specified a high quality wooden privacy fence should be used instead of the proposed vinyl fencing.
PZC Chairman Vern Carlson said the new site plan adequately addressed parking concerns raised by the commission at its September meeting.
Project engineers shrunk the size of the two proposed apartment buildings, which reduced the number of units by nine, to a total of 88. Designers used the additional space to add parking and create more of a buffer between the buildings and adjacent properties.
“The parking spaces are quite adequate now, it's a dramatic improvement from the first application and that's appreciated,” said PZC member Ronald Penton.
Some neighbors felt the proposed tree plantings would not be enough of a barrier because the trees would be too small at first.