SOUTHINGTON — A local developer plans to build homes costing up to $1 million off Churchill Street if granted approval by the town.
Mark Lovley submitted plans for Winchester Estates, a 34-unit subdivision of houses from 2,600 to more than 3,000 square feet. Prices will range from $700,000 to $1 million.
“We’re going to make it more like a luxury subdivision with stone pillars out front,” Lovley said.
He’s already got 20 people interested in the houses. Recent increases in interest rates have only spurred on-the-fence buyers to pull the trigger before rates rise more.
“We’re still seeing a strong market,” Lovley said.
Last year, the Planning and Zoning Commission gave Lovley a special permit for an open-space preservation subdivision. He’s now applying for a site permit, which includes the details of where the 34 homes will be located on the 50-acre property.
The land has a small bit of frontage on West Street but would connect to that main road via Churchill Street. Area residents had spoken against the plan last year, saying the addition of more homes would add too much traffic on Churchill and make getting on West Street harder.
Lovley and his representatives argued that the open space subdivision preserved 12 acres of undeveloped land, a better plan than a traditional subdivision which would use almost the entire property.
He’s also planning not to clear-cut the property as is sometimes done. Trees will be cleared for roads and lots only, leaving established trees around the development and some properties. Winchester Estates will have a 30-foot buffer of trees around its two cul-de-sacs, Lovely said.
Bob Hammersley, planning commission chairman, said the group will hold a public hearing on the plan next month.
“We’ll listen to what the plans are, we’ll take public input,” he said. Lovely hopes to get approval next month and begin work on the subdivision right away.