Fairfield residents to weigh in on proposed condo project

December 26, 2011 by  

A public hearing will be held in February on a proposed condominium project in Fairfield. The condo complex would be built on 6.7 acres land that previously housed a lumberyard. The property sits at the end of Thorpe Street in downtown Fairfield.

Ernest Pierson and 185 Thorpe Street Corporation have applied to build the condominiums on the land, which is currently owned by United Rentals. Plans call for 14 condominium buildings with 64 attached, two-story townhouse units. If the project goes through, brochure printers may be called upon to help get the word out about the new living spaces to the towns more than 56,000 residents.

Several buildings, an annex structure and garage would have to be torn down before construction could begin.
Planning Director Joseph Devonshuk pointed out that the since the land is located in an industrial zone, it would have be changed to designed residential district. A combination of residential and businesses are currently located along Thorpe Street.

Fairfield residents will have a chance to share their thoughts and ask questions about the proposed building project during the towns Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) hearing on February 2nd. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Osborn Hill School.

According to the website, the IWC :

“is an appointed board of 10 volunteer residents who vote on development applications when they are proposed near wetlands and watercourses.”

It is also the job of the commission to look into suspected violations of the ‘town’s inland wetlands regulations.’ The proposed condominium site is surrounded by salt and tidal marshes, or shallow vegetated wetlands.