Developers are looking for apartments on Bridgeport Avenue in Shelton

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SHELTON — Developers say apartments are the best option for the Bridgeport Avenue site that has long been home to Langanke’s florist and greenhouses — and nearby residents might agree.

Langanke’s Landing, LLC, presented Wednesday at the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting with plans to build a four-story structure with 62 apartments and 106 parking spaces at 1055 Bridgeport Ave.

The commission established a temporary moratorium on all new multi-family residential rental housing throughout the city, except for the central business district, which encompasses downtown. The moratorium came into effect on June 10, but this plan was submitted before it took effect.

The developer had previously received Planning and Zoning Commission approval in 2020 for a planned development district on the property.

The plan, at the time, was to remove the florist and greenhouse structures and build in their place a 4,400 square foot convenience market and gas station with 10 fueling stations and two 3,100 square foot buildings. square feet that can accommodate retail or office space. .

“(The developers) decided that the apartments would be the best use for the property,” attorney Dominick Thomas, who represents Langanke’s Landing, LLC, previously said.

The developer is looking to modify the PDD to allow for the structure of the apartment.

Thomas said the new plans were attractive to the developer due to the lack of housing stock combined with the location of the site. The property is near exit 11 off route 8 and has a public transit bus stop located along the front of the site.

“The creation of the apartments seemed just right,” Thomas said.

Nearby residents had expressed concerns about the previously approved app, saying any leaks from the gas station could pose an environmental hazard. Residents were also concerned about an entrance from the Huntington Street side.

This new proposal, Thomas said, eliminates those issues, adding that the new plans have only one entrance along Bridgeport Avenue.

And nearby residents agreed, with most who spoke saying they preferred the building to the gas station.

Thomas said the impact on traffic would be greatly reduced with the apartments. The traffic study presented indicated that during peak hours the apartment would see approximately 22 entrances / exits in the morning and 24 in the afternoon, compared to 130 and 138, in a choppy way, with the plan of the service station and the office building.

Langanke florist and greenhouse owners said during the initial application that while the plans, if approved, would remove the current structures – long a fixture along Bridgeport Avenue – the florist business itself would stay on a smaller scale in one of the buildings to be constructed. The sale of the property is subject to the approval of the plans.

With this new project, Thomas said the florist operation would leave the site, with the owners saying they would move to another area of ​​Shelton.

The new plans call for 16 two-bedroom apartments, 28 one-bedroom apartments and 18 studios. There would be 106 parking spaces to service the four-story structure. There is an area for a further 16 parking spaces, but these are deferred as part of this plan unless deemed necessary, according to the developer.

The developer agreed that 10% of the units, seven, could be reserved as affordable under state law 8-30g.

The site is bounded by Bridgeport Avenue to the south, Huntington Street and Isinglass Road to the north, and commercial developments to the east and west.

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