NORTH HAVEN — After receiving approval from the town, Vigliotti Construction is expected to purchase property on Route 5 to build two new five-story buildings with 150 apartments and some commercial space.
The site plan was approved Monday by the Planning and Zoning Commission, after months of back and forth between the commission and applicant Timothy Lee, of Fasano, Ippolito, Lee & Florentine, LLC., who is representing Vigliotti Construction.
The new buildings will be on the sites of 447 and 441 Washington Ave., where two buildings presently stand on about 3 acres. Both buildings will be demolished; one is being used for industrial purposes and the other is vacant. The addresses are located between Bradley Street and Glenn Road.
The apartments will be in the top four stories of both buildings, with an open air parking garage on the ground level of one and commercial spaces on the ground level of the other.
Lee said it has not been determined what types of retail will be pursued, but uses are limited by zoning regulations and cannot include nightclubs, retail package liquor stores, automotive service stations and testing facilities, automotive sales, public garages, theaters, or adult oriented establishments.
He said before development can be started, Vigliotti must officially purchase the property and get several approvals from the state, including the Department of Transportation since onsite parking exceeds 200 spaces and the property is located on a state-owned road. A traffic study by Milone & MacBroom determined the development would have no significant impact on traffic.
The developers hope to be able to start construction this summer.
Architect Ray Sullivan, of the Sullivan Architectural Group, said the design will be contemporary, with a brick facade.
“Based on the industrial history, we’re looking for something a little more bold, a little more simple,” Sullivan said at a December meeting.
The plan includes 132 one-bedroom units, 12 two-bedroom units, and 6 studio apartments. Each unit is expected to include a balcony and residents will have access to a rooftop garden and clubhouse on the top floor.
The multi-use development was approved with an affordability plan, which is still being finalized, but requires about 30 dwelling units to be deemed as affordable housing units. The commission, with strong support from member Theresa Ranciato-Viele, required the affordability plan as a condition of approval.
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