Construction continues on Parker Place apartments in Wallingford

Construction continues on Parker Place apartments in Wallingford



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WALLINGFORD —  Construction may wrap by the end of the year on a project bringing three new residential buildings to the Parker Place apartment complex.

The parking lot by the original building is currently being repaved, as well. Branford-based development company JFA Management owns the 9.12-acre property at 53 Parker St.

There will be a total of 193 new apartments in addition to the 120 existing apartments. The total size of the new Parker Place project is 179,917 square feet.

Although some prospective
tenants may feel sticker shock at the rent — a 818-square-foot, one-bedroom apartment is $1,550 per month — there’s a shared clubhouse full of amenities and no fees for its use.

There also are no fees for a homeowners’ association, parking, trash removal, property maintenance, snow removal and landscaping.

“A lot of places around Connecticut charge those additional fees, so that’s a huge thing,” said Carrie Vass Brainerd, Parker Place leasing agent, on Friday.

Vinny Valentino, the other Parker Place leasing agent, said the proximity to the Cherry Street train station is another reason to offset the price.

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Out of 193 total new units, 111 are completed and 90 are currently leased.

The original brick building, a renovated industrial space, houses buildings A, B and C. A 57-unit, four-story addition to the original building is called building D.

The first new tenants started moving into building D, which is a on the northeast side, in September 2018.

The buildings offered several apartment layouts, including studios, one-bedrooms and one-bedrooms with flex space, a small room without a door or closet. On the top floor are “penthouse” units with rooftop decks.

“With building D, they kind of had to stick with the original structure of the vintage building,” said Brainerd.

Building E, a 53-unit building to the northwest, opened for lease at the end of May. Building F, an 82-unit building to the southwest, is slated to be completed this winter, perhaps by the end of the year.

“When they did buildings E and F, they had more liberty to do them a little bit differently,” she said, since the apartments are 60 to 70 square feet bigger. “There’s more space in the living room.”

Each unit comes with stainless steel appliances, customizable cabinets and granite countertops, dishwasher, stackable washer-dryer and either a patio or a balcony.

All units have a brick wall “to keep with the industrial feel,” Brainerd said.

Amenities

Valentino said that people who tour the new buildings are drawn by the amenities in the clubhouse.

Within the clubhouse, there’s a lounge area with a kitchen, fireplace, pool table and television, as well as a gym, wellness garden, movie theater, pet spa, as well as the management’s office.

Outside, a patio area has an outdoor TV, fire pits, gas-fired pizza oven, grills, picnic area and a fenced-in dog park.

Property owner Alex Vigliotti was supervising construction at the site Friday morning.

He acquired the original building about 15 years ago and the new portion about three years ago.

He said the amenities the property offers make the property stand out from others, mostly along the shoreline, that he and his family have developed.

“This is more unique than any other property that we have,” he said.

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