Residents speak against proposed Bic Drive apartments

About 60 people attended a Feb. 3 Planning and Zoning Board public hearing, with 16 of them speaking against a proposed 257-unit apartment building with an affordable housing component at 460 Bic Drive, at the corner of Naugatuck Avenue.

Garden Homes Residential of Stamford submitted the plan under the state’s affordable housing regulations, Connecticut General Statute 8-30g, which overrides local zoning regulations.

The hearing will continue on Tuesday, Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall.

Joseph Coci, managing director of Mountain Development Corp, requested time for his staff to analyze the proposal and to prepare more detailed comments. The company owns the 625,000 square foot industrial complex at 500 Bic Drive.

The proposed apartment building — an H-shaped four-story building — will have 194 one-bedroom apartments and 63 studio apartments. The building would have 322 parking spaces, averaging 1.25 spaces per unit, and Garden Homes could add 42 more parking spaces if needed.

Check back later for more details on this week's public hearing