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33-Unit Apartment Building in the Pipeline

A glimpse at plans for a 33-unit apartment complex in Fairfield, Conn. Credit: Gary Jeanfaivre
A glimpse at plans for a 33-unit apartment complex in Fairfield, Conn. Credit: Gary Jeanfaivre
With a green light from Fairfield's Conservation Commission, a proposal to build a 33-unit apartment building in the Kings Highway area now heads to the Town Plan and Zoning Commission.

The Conservation Commission signed off on the project — brought forth by Berwick Fairchild Associates LLC — on Feb. 6. Plans call for the demolition of existing residential structures and the construction of a new, 33-unit apartment building in their place.

The property is located off Kings Highway East, on Berwick Ave. and Fairchild Ave, and is across the street from where a 54-unit apartment building is currently being constructed.

The area is located in the Rooster River Floodway, and has been prone to flooding in the past, according to the project's file at the Conservation Department.

In order to move forward with its plans, Berwick Fairchild Associates will have to secure TPZ approval of an application for zone change, a zoning regulation amendment, a special permit, and a coastal site plan review.

The application is on the TPZ Commission's agenda for March 11. The applicant is being represented by attorney Brian LeClerc.
Jim Eastwood February 23, 2014 at 02:54 AM
N. M. I. B. Y. shows itself again !!!! As a Real Estate business person you know D##### Well NO ONE CARES about the working class Nor That Section of Town !!!!! The world doesn't live in 3500 sq. foot houses on 1 acre of land. As for providing Town Services just Look at the TWO Colleges and the Beach !!!!!!! Bring back INDUSTRY !!!! Remember that Quaint Suburb we used to be. I OH Protect our Housing Values and Shield our Kids from the Real world...Oh why we are at it-----You and your Industry have created a situation were our kids can't move back in to this TOWN---Maybe. just maybe this and other Housing options might over come that !!!!!! NOT IN MY BACK YARD !!! for the WORKING class is Alive and Well in FAIR??? Field !!!!!!!
Joseph Conlin March 01, 2014 at 06:40 PM
I have lived in that neighborhood for three decades. I raised two sons in that neighborhood. I will probably die in that neighborhood. In fact, I live a few hundred feet from the 54-unit affordable housing project that will open at the end of Fairchild Avenue this spring. Now another developer wants to add a 66-bedrooms affordable housing complex across the street. In order to build the new complex, the developer needs a waiver. The developer wants 66 bedrooms on less than half an acre—a number four times greater than the 54-unit. So, within a short period of time, the number of people within a few hundred few of my home will increase by at least 120. The density will more than double the population and traffic density on the street that was too narrow before either complex was built and that has a dangerous outlet onto Kings Highway. The town needs affordable housing, and it's in my backyard. Individuals also have the right to build as the zoning allows. Developers, though, want zoning to suit their needs, not those of the community. The operator of the 54-unit got his after the Zoning Board foolishly killed the project entirely rather than denying him a waiver on parking spaces. Now Berwick Fairchild and Associates wants even more waivers. So should the town allow Berwick Fairchild and Associates to develop affordable housing on less than half an acre? Yes. Should the number of bedrooms be four times greater than the complex across the street? No. By the way, I don't live in some suburban ghetto, as implied by some. My neighborhood has been a thriving section of Fairfield for more than a century. It's a section of town that contributes more in tax revenue per acre that most areas of town. This is the home of the town's working class. They are proud of their families. They are proud of the lives that they have built. They are proud of their small homes on their small lots. And I am proud to call them my neighbors.
Creeky March 02, 2014 at 09:36 AM
The way the affordable hosing laws are written in Connecticut, it's all but impossible to stop the permit. While I share.concerns that this will be a significant net loss for the town, revenue vs school burden, I don't think it can be stopped. I'd encourage all whom wish to stop it take another approach then planned. Going to a town meeting and complaining will get you nothing, even if the government agrees. You need to give the mammy it ion--evidence that zoning, flood and parking issues abound. With affordable housing included, the law flips, and rather than the onus being in the developer to disprove every complaint, the town must prove every complaint or grant the permit. This building is going to get built. Find a good argument that will cost the developer to fight and negotiate to shrink it's size as a compromise. It's your only hope.
Creeky March 02, 2014 at 09:37 AM
Wow, spell check! Ammunition, not mammy it ion!
Gary Jeanfaivre March 06, 2014 at 11:53 AM
According to the plans, 10 of the units would be deed restricted as "affordable" under state income guidelines, for 40 years. The apartments would have two bedrooms each.

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