Construction of 2 coastal homes approved by P&Z

At its July 21 meeting, the Planning and Zoning Board unanimously approved construction of replacement homes on two coastal area streets.
David Salerno of Compass Builders received coastal area management site plan approval to construct a single-family residence at 33 Melba Street on property owned by OMDP Enterprises LLC.
The LLC lists Richard and Alberta Jagoe of 1 Morningside Drive as the manager and member. They purchased the property on Oct. 21, 2014 for $310,000. The 0.07-acre property has a one-bedroom 882 square foot bungalow built in 1900, and is located beyond the 25-foot high tide mark.
Salerno told the board the existing bungalow would be demolished and replaced with a house that will be built at an elevation of 17 feet. He said the foundation with its breakaway walls would allow tidal waters to pass under the house without causing damage. The seawall will remain as its exists.
The board also approved an application from John and Cathy Mortimer, who are seeking to construct a single-family home at 41 James Street. They needed coastal area management site plan approval because the proposed house is within 25 feet of the high tide. The 0.08-acre property currently has a 758 square foot two-bedroom cottage.
Architect Arthur Seckler said the Mortimer's are using Community Block Grant money to help with the reconstruction of the house damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Seckler said it would be replaced with a modular house on a foundation built one foot above the 500-foot flood level, which is required by federal regulations when using grant money.
The board continued to its Aug. 4 meeting a public hearing from Connecticut Self-Storage, which has applied to construct a self-storage facility with 595 units on a 3.55-acre property at 33 Schoolhouse Road, just south of the Metro North Railroad tracks. The property has a 1,471 square foot three-bedroom house built in 1940. The facility will be built on land currently occupied by the house and on an adjacent empty lot previously used for storing new cars.
Attorney Thomas Lynch said the plans would require some alterations to respond to comments from City Planner David B. Sulkis with regard to the landscape buffer. As a result of those changes, he did not present the plans at the July 21 meeting.
Board member Jeanne Cervin asked if the sign on the property indicating the public hearing could be moved closer to the road. The sign was displayed on the front door of the house behind a glass storm door.
“The sign is not displayed in a way that is easy to see,” said Cervin.
Lynch said he had instructed the developer to put the sign on the house, and indicated it would be moved closer to the road.