Developer eyes 60 apartments at Langanke’s Shelton location

SHELTON — Apartments are the more appealing option for those planning to redevelop the Bridgeport Avenue site that has long been home to Langanke’s Florist and Greenhouses.

Langanke’s Landing, LLC, had received approval from the Planning and Zoning Commission in 2020 for a Planned Development District at the 1055 Bridgeport Ave. Property.

The plan, at that time, was to remove the florist and greenhouse structures and build in its place a 4,400-square-foot convenience market and gas station with 10 fueling positions and two 3,100-square-foot buildings that could house either retail or offices.

Langanke’s Florist and Greenhouses owners stated at that time that while the plans, if approved, would remove the present structures — long a fixture along Bridgeport Avenue — the florist business itself would remain on a smaller scale in one of the buildings to be built. Sale of the property is contingent on approval of the plans.

But the developers have returned seeking an amendment to the approved PDD to remove the gas station and convenience store and other planned buildings and replace them with a four-story structure with 60 apartments.

“(The developers) have decided that apartments would be the best use for the property,” said attorney Dominick Thomas, who represents Langanke’s Landing, LLC.

The plans call for eight two-bedroom apartments, 35 one bedrooms and 17 studios. There would be 101 parking spaces to serve the four-story structure.

The site is bounded by Bridgeport Avenue to the south, Huntington Street and Isinglass Road to the north and commercial developments to the east and west. The new structures, as proposed, would be accessed by two driveways on Bridgeport Avenue and one driveway on Huntington Street, about where the existing driveways are.

According to the application, there will be access to the site from Bridgeport Avenue and Huntington Street.