Wilton Targeted for 8-30g Developments

Up the way from Greenwich, Metro North’s Danbury line runs right through Wilton and there are two train stations there. Also, Route 7 Connects Norwalk to Danbury, and, like Greenwich, Wilton has become a target for development of all kinds.

Good Morning Wilton editor Heather Borden Herve recently reported on two new 8-30g proposals before the Wilton Planning & Zoning Commission.

Wilton officials had been saying for a while that commercial real estate developers were eyeing that town as a prime location for larger-scale multi-family living projects — and that some of those projects would fall under 8-30g affordable housing statute.

Borden Herve said those premonitions are proving to be true, as two such proposals have arrived in Wilton’s Planning and Zoning Department to start the process of consideration before the town’s land-use officials.

The two proposals are for multi-family apartment buildings:

  • 24 Danbury Rd: a six-story, mixed-use building with 89 residential units (studios, one- and two-bedroom residences) on five floors above 3,700 square feet of grade-level retail; also planned is grade-level parking for 100 cars
  • 221 Danbury Rd: a six-story, residential unit with 150 apartments (studios, one- and two-bedroom residences) on five floors over grade-level and underground parking for 214 cars.
221 Danbury Rd proposal. Rendering via Good Morning Wilton

Both proposals were sent by Wilton architect Douglas Cutler, who also owns Better Environments, LLC, the real estate company that owns the properties and the commercial buildings currently on the sites.

Cutler called the proposals “design concepts” in materials he sent to Michael Wrinn, Wilton’s town planner and director of planning and land-use management, and requested pre-application meetings to discuss the plans with the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Architectural Review Board.

A pre-application meeting is an informal discussion that allows developers to get non-binding feedback on proposals from town officials.

For the full story on Good Morning Wilton, click here.