WALLINGFORD — Construction is continuing on the Parker Place apartment complex while the first tenants move in.
“We have occupancy,” said leasing agent Carrie Vass, of Calcagni Real Estate, on Tuesday.
Development company JFA Management, of Branford, is slated to build 193 new apartments at 53 Parker St. among three residential buildings, adding to the 120 existing apartments, plus a shared community space.
“It’s definitely going to be an attribute to the town,” Town Building Official Justin Rossetti said Tuesday.
By the beginning of October, 10 tenants should be moved into an addition to the existing building, including two mothers with children studying at Choate Rosemary Hall.
“When people come in and see it, they love it,” Vass said. “It’s been just a matter of timing for people.”
The project is divided into three phases, and construction is being done on the 57-unit, four-story addition to the existing building.
Although it is an addition, there’s no entry from the existing building to the newly constructed apartments.
New units range from 701 square feet to 1,182 square feet and offer several layouts among the studios, one-bedrooms and one-bedrooms with flex space, a small room without a door or closet.
Completion is expected in the spring on a second residential building with 53 units, also four stories.
The building is framed, Rossetti said, and the mechanical rough-in of pipes and wires behind walls has begun.
“We don’t know exactly the pricing and square footage of the units there yet,” Vass said. “Things have changed since they initially gave us some info,” such as unit layout.
A third residential building just had its foundation poured. A structure permit would be the next step on the anticipated 83-unit building.
A shared community center may be completed in the next few months.
Amenities will include a TV, fireplace, kitchen, pool table, fitness room, movie theater, pet spa and an outdoor recreational area.
For a 700-square-foot studio, the monthly rent is $1,300, according to leasing rates supplied by Calcagni.
One-bedrooms range from $1,425 for about 775 square feet to $1,475 for about 800 square feet. The one-bedroom plus flex space units run from $1,575 for about 875 square feet to $2,050 for about 1,180 square feet.
Vass, a Wallingford native, said she’s received comments questioning the price, though not from people who’ve toured the building.
“We don’t really have anything like this in Wallingford,” she said. “It’s different for the town… We understand it seems high, but for what you’re getting, it’s not.”
In addition to the community clubhouse, each unit comes with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, dishwasher and stackable washer-dryer.
Every apartment has a patio or balcony. There’s a trash and recycling room on every floor, package room for deliveries and pets are allowed.
“You’re not just paying for a rental unit,” she said. “They’re trying to make it a community.”