SOUTHINGTON — Town councilors are questioning the lack of progress at a condominium site off Eden Avenue.
Three houses on Forgione Drive, a private road off Eden Avenue, were demolished a year ago to make way for more than 60 condominiums. Council members, including vice chairwoman and Democrat Dawn Miceli, were unhappy with the look and concerned about safety. The issue was discussed at Tuesday night’s council meeting.
Rob Philips, town planner, said the property owner has five years to build the condominiums approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission. He and other town departments are working to get erosion on the site under control.
The site was previously owned by local developer Mark Lovley, who sold it to New Jersey-based Diversified Realty Advisors. That company almost bought the Greenway Commons project, a downtown project that includes housing and retail.
Victoria Triano, a Republican councilor, has expressed frustration with a similar lack of progress at the Greenway Commons site. On Tuesday, she said the Eden Avenue site looked like it could also pose a danger to the public.
“My concern is safety,” Triano said. “They dug holes and tore down all the Forgione properties. It looks like a war zone.”
Michael Riccio, a Republican councilor, supported the Eden Avenue plan and said it was part of a national trend of moving “back to the center of your community.”
He described the design as very attractive and said the prospect of more people living downtown as a boost to the local businesses.