Shelton P&Z rejects gas station, office plans on Bridgeport Ave.

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The rendering and site plan for the proposed Shelton Plaza at the corner of Bridgeport Avenue and Cots Street.

The rendering and site plan for the proposed Shelton Plaza at the corner of Bridgeport Avenue and Cots Street.

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SHELTON — The Planning and Zoning Commission put a halt on developers’ plans to construct a two-story building with gasoline pumps on property at the corner of Bridgeport Avenue and Cots Street.

Shelton Plaza Realty, LLC, sought a special exception in a Restricted Business Zone for construction of the 8,000-square-foot structure that would have a convenience store on the first level and office space on the second.

Plans also called for retail gasoline sales, with 10 two-sided gas pumps.

“The retail sale of gasoline is a permitted use by site plan under the Restricted Business District,” attorney Dominick Thomas, representing the developer, has stated. “The convenience store and office uses are permitted uses by special exception.”

As discussion began Tuesday on this project, commissioners were informed the developer had recommended changes to the plans, including removal of the second floor of the office building, which would also be moved away from the retaining wall at the rear of the property.

With the public hearing closed, commissioners stated they were unable to receive new information, therefore the denial was based on the plans submitted last year.

“I don’t like approving something they are going to change,” commissioner Ruth Parkins, adding that there is no proof the developer would follow its new plans, “only their word,” she said. “I’m uncomfortable approving what is not in front of us.”

The commission denied the application without prejudice, meaning the developer can resubmit an updated plan. Attempts to reach Thomas for comment on the application were unsuccessful.

The adjacent properties are commercial and medical offices with residential farther west on Cots Street. The parcel, located between Constitution Boulevard and Exit 13 of Route 8, also abuts the area where the extension of Constitution Boulevard is proposed to occur.

brian.gioiele@hearstmediact.com