Shelton developer seeks apartment plan on Old Bridgeport Avenue

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Shelton resident Ben Perry at the site of his latest development, The Crossroads, a 55 and older active adult community off Long Hill Cross Road. Perry has also submitted plans for an apartment development off Old Bridgeport Avenue.

Shelton resident Ben Perry at the site of his latest development, The Crossroads, a 55 and older active adult community off Long Hill Cross Road. Perry has also submitted plans for an apartment development off Old Bridgeport Avenue.

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SHELTON — A local developer is looking to revive plans to construct an apartment building off Old Bridgeport Avenue.

Ben Perry, of S&G Shelton, received approval from the Inland Wetlands Commission last week to relocate a small portion of wetlands on property listed as 301 Old Bridgeport Ave., also known as 1 Sunwood Drive.

Perry has also submitted the plan — which calls for a 12,815-square-foot, two-and-a-half story building with 43 apartments and 67 parking spaces on land across the street from the former Hunan Pan Restaurant — to the Planning and Zoning Commission.

He is seeking approval for a Planned Development District on the site, which has frontage on Old Bridgeport Avenue and Sunwood Drive. The property presently has a residence and two parking lots which were used as extra parking for the restaurant across the street when it was open.

Some of the units will be designated as affordable, but Perry is still working with the planning and zoning staff on a final number.

This would be the second such apartment proposal for this site. The first, submitted by GNK, LLC, in 2018, was met with opposition from some in the neighboring Sunwood Condominiums. Those plans were ultimately withdrawn.

This area of Old Bridgeport Avenue has become a zoning focus of late, as developer Jim Blakeman has plans before the Planning and Zoning Commission for an apartment building on the land with the vacant building that once housed Hunan Pan Restaurant.

For Perry, this would be his latest development. The other, which is ongoing, is The Crossroads, a 55 and older active adult community, the first such development built in the city since the 1970s, according to the nearly lifelong Shelton resident.

brian.gioiele@hearstmediact.com