Fairfield residents upset over plan to turn two duplexes into 26 apartments

FAIRFIELD – Residents are still unhappy with a proposed apartment complex on Beacon Square which is back before the Planning and Zoning Commission after it was initially withdrawn by the developer.

“I think it’s just going to destroy the whole area as far as I’m concerned,” resident Nora Kurimai said at the recent hearing. “How many of you would like that in your garden?” »

The 2-6 Beacon Square proposal would transform two duplexes on the 36,000-square-foot property into 26 townhouse-style units — eight of which would be priced as affordable. The initial hearing for Beacon Square Properties LLC’s proposal was held in December, but the application was withdrawn in January because concerns from the fire marshal required them to change the site plan.

The developer moved the parking spaces in the plans to better allow fire trucks access to the property.

The three-building development would contain 15 two-bedroom and 11 one-bedroom units spread across three 32-foot-tall buildings. Two-bedroom units would be around 1,800 square feet while one-bedroom units would be around 780 square feet.

Each unit would have a garage on the first floor. Six additional spaces are also available on site for a total of 32 parking spaces.

The request was made under state law 8-30, which allows developers to circumvent municipal laws and regulations as long as a certain percentage of the project is affordable housing. Local councils must prove that the project poses sufficiently serious health or safety risks that outweigh the need for affordable housing there.

John Fallon, the developer’s attorney, said Fairfield’s fire marshal had reviewed the revised plans and had no further concerns. He said the city’s engineering department had also reviewed updated drainage plans at the site and said it was addressing the concerns. He added that the traffic study carried out for the proposal also showed adequate sightlines and distance.

“So you have guidance for the purposes of this file of fire marshal approval and city engineer approval,” he said, adding that the police chief also wrote that the proposal would have no impact on emergency response in the region.

Fallon said the developer, Turgut Parlakkilic, is “very committed to this neighborhood”.

Residents also raised concerns about the project’s impact on traffic in the area.

Michael Galante, the developer’s traffic engineer, said the townhouses would generate an 11-ride network during the morning rush hour and a 15-ride network during the afternoon rush hour.

The project’s architect, Phil Cerrone, said his firm had worked hard with the developer to convince him not to construct a much taller building on the property. He said the proposal would essentially result in single-family homes attached to each other.

Tom Ferrone, a resident of Pine Tree Lane, said he was very concerned about the proposal, especially its impact on traffic and parking in the area. He also expressed his displeasure with the resort’s aesthetics.

“Units are like trailers lined up – blocking everyone out,” he said. “I don’t think he’s the right size for the property.

Erica Hoffman, owner of a property adjoining the proposed resort, said plans call for it to be overdeveloped. She said there was very little green space.

“I think if we’re really concerned about the quality of our city and what we’ve built here…it’s just too big,” she said.

Alex Durrel, a representative town assemblyman for District 3, which includes Beacon View, said he walks his dogs in this area and there are times when cars have to slam during their breaks so as not to. to hit.

“I mean, the densification of my neighborhood and this area, which is more prominent, is just – I don’t know – it’s disgusting in my opinion, he said. “I think Mr. Fallon and Mr. Galante, they can shelter or hide behind laws and statistics, but we live in reality, we see the traffic.”

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