Affordable units may be part of downtown Shelton development

Rendering of the proposed Riverview Park Royal, a five-story structure that would house 92 apartments and 11,000 square feet of retail, with 184 parking spaces, at 113 to 123 Canal St.

Rendering of the proposed Riverview Park Royal, a five-story structure that would house 92 apartments and 11,000 square feet of retail, with 184 parking spaces, at 113 to 123 Canal St.

Primrose Companies / Contributed photo

SHELTON - Affordable housing could be part of the proposed development for land on Canal Street tucked between the railroad tracks and Veterans Memorial Park.

Developer John Guedes, a Shelton resident and owner of Primrose Companies, tweaked his plans for construction of a five-story structure, dubbed Riverview Park Royal, with 11,000 square feet of retail or commercial space and 92 apartments at property listed as 113-123 Canal St.

The modified plans, presented to the Planning and Zoning Commission Tuesday in what was the second public hearing on this application, call for eight studio units designated as affordable under state statute 8-30g, the state’s affordable housing law. He also added five parking spaces, bringing the total to 184 on site.

Overall, there would be 24 studio apartments, along with 20 one-bedrooms, 44 two-bedrooms and four three-bedroom apartments.

The commission continued the hearing, as Guedes awaits a final decision from the Inland Wetlands Commission. He must also submit building elevation renderings. No date has been set yet for the continued public hearing.

Commissioners asked Guedes if the eight affordable units needed to be studios, to which he replied that only the studios would be available under that designation.

“I’m making an accommodation,” Guedes said. “All the affordable units are the studios, or I will remove those (affordable units) from the plans.”

Guedes increased the parking total, making it two spaces for each unit after commissioners voiced concern about the amount of parking allocated for 92 units.

The site, as proposed, would have outside parking and more spots in a lower-level parking garage. Attorney Dominick Thomas, representing Guedes, said there would be 92 spots designated for tenants - the remainder for the general uses at the property. Thomas added that there are plenty of nearby city parking areas to accommodate the commercial or retail uses too, if renters are using more than one space.

The city has owned the 2.57-acre property for years after seizing it following the previous owner’s failure to pay back taxes. Guedes and his partner, Biaggio Barone, have a contract to purchase the land from the city.

The deal also includes Guedes covering the cost of extending the River Walk from Veterans Memorial Park, along the river and ending at Canal Street East.

The application asks for a special exception for the property, which sits on the Housatonic River in a River Front District.

brian.gioiele@hearstmediact.com