Wilton development moves forward
The Wilton Planning Board has given final approval to a three-story building with 114 apartments and commercial space that will be located near the state Route 9 intersection with Northern Pines Road.
John Lapper, attorney for Gordon Development, which is behind the project, said the go ahead means construction could start this fall. They first need to demolish a used car dealership on the site, which should be done in the next couple weeks.
The project will be done in two phases, with work not starting on the second phase until the first is completed, Lapper said. He estimated that the entire project would take more than a year.
An artist rendering of the project is available below.
The finished mixed use development will surround a courtyard and include 16,000 square feet of commercial space, will have one, two and three bedroom apartments, a swimming pool and more than 300 parking spaces. Lapper said the commercial space will likely be filled with businesses that could be utilized by the tenants of the building.
In a May meeting of the planning board, Lapper described the project as part of a new urbanism zone, where people would walk from business to business. To further that vision, the developers are putting in 200 feet of sidewalks that would allow people to walk to future businesses that might go into this area.
Also at that May meeting, local residents also raised concerns about the possibility of traffic congestion forming around the building. Lapper noted that they had commissioned a traffic report that was reviewed and approved by the state Department of Transportation.
Mark Nadolny, a traffic engineer with Creighton Manning, which is working on this project, explained that state route 9 currently only handles about half the traffic it could potentially hold. He said a 10 percent increase of traffic was anticipated, which would still be below the road’s threshold.
A full story on the project is available HERE.
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