Shelton developer plans retail, apartments at fire-ravaged Howe Ave. site

Schiable Realty, LLC, has proposed refurbishing its building listed as 475-479 Howe Ave., which suffered significant fire and water damage on Sept. 28, 2020.

Schiable Realty, LLC, has proposed refurbishing its building listed as 475-479 Howe Ave., which suffered significant fire and water damage on Sept. 28, 2020.

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SHELTON - One developer is hoping to breathe new life into his downtown building ravaged by fire more than a year ago.

Ken Schiable, owner of Schiable Realty, LLC, has proposed refurbishing the building listed as 475-479 Howe Ave., which suffered significant fire and water damage on Sept. 28, 2020. The fire displaced three families living in second-floor apartments, plus first floor businesses Liberty Tax and Shelton Wine and Spirits.

Schiable has applied for a special exception, on which the Planning and Zoning Commission held a public hearing Wednesday. After an hour of discussion, members closed the hearing.

The plan calls for reconfiguring the first-floor space, reducing the square footage for the two retail spaces so two apartments — which would be on the second level of the rear building facing White Street — could be added.

The second floor on Howe Avenue — third floor when facing White Street to the rear — would hold four apartments for a total of six units in the structure.

Liberty Tax would return to its space in the building, but Schiable said there is no tenant set for the other space yet. Shelton Wine and Spirits moved to the old bank building — also owned by Schiable — at 487 Howe Ave. in July 2021.

Schiable said there are 26 parking spaces already, and each apartment would be allocated one space. The parking area is located next to the old bank building now occupied by the liquor store.

brian.gioiele@hearstmediact.com