Plains Road apartments approved

With a letter of permission in hand from an adjoining property owner, a proposed 12-unit apartment complex at 65 Plains Road sailed quickly through the approval process, receiving a unanimous vote from the Planning and Zoning Board at its Nov. 21 meeting.

AAP Builders LLC of Fairfield received a special permit and site plan approval from the board. The board had no discussion or comment on the application. Andrei Piatrevich is member and manager of the LLC.

City Planner David B. Sulkis said he received a letter from an attorney at Carriage Green, an assisted living facility at 77 Plains Road, granting AAP Builders permission to enter its property to regrade the property at 65 Plains Road.

At the Nov. 8 meeting, AAP proposed constructing a retaining wall along the property border, which required using the property at 77 Plains Road to do the work. The board held open the public hearing pending receipt of the letter of permission.

Rather than move forward with the retaining wall, the applicant plans to simply regrade the property. The Carriage Green parcel is located to the north of 65 Plains Road and also extends to the rear of that property.

The 0.56-acre property has a 1,400-square-foot house built in 1870 at the front, and a 1,920-square-foot barn at the rear that are slated to be demolished, pending a decision from the city historian. Under the city’s demolition ordinance, the city historian can delay demolition up to six months.

The project is located the Corridor Design District 1 (CDD-1) zone. Of the 12 units, four or 30% of the units will be set aside for rental at affordable rates to people who earn 60% and 80% of the area’s median income.

The project will have four three-story buildings containing three one-bedroom townhouses each. The outside units will be 990 square feet while the center units will be 1,020 square feet. Each unit will have a garage, plus there will be 12 additional spaces in the parking lot.

Unlike other 8-30g projects that have drawn strong protests from neighbors, this property is not located in a single-family residential zone, and received only one comment at the Nov. 8 meeting.