MERIDEN — The Planning Commission approved an application for a high-end independent living complex on Bee Street last week.
M2 Realty USA plans to construct an 111-unit apartment building at 406 Bee St. Plans call for a large L-shaped apartment building on the nearly 8-acre property.
The building would be for tenants 55 and older and contain a mix of large studios, one- and two-bedroom units, with amenities such as an on-site restaurant and media center.
The City Council had previously approved rezoning the area to allow larger-scale senior housing projects.
While parking had initially been a concern for some commissioners who worried residents would have long walks to their units, a redesigned site map showed parking wrapping around the L-shaped building on two sides. Access points were also added so fire engines could get to apartments on the inside of the complex facing the courtyard.
“I’m really happy with the way they changed the parking,” said Commissioner Ross Gulino. “I can see people utilizing it a lot better. They did a nice job.”
During a public hearing, resident Dan Zabrowski expressed support for the project.
“Just get it done,” Zabrowski said. “It’s a beautiful complex on paper. It’s an asset to the City of Meriden.”
The commission unanimously approved the project. The developer hopes to begin construction this year and complete the project in spring of 2020.