Shelton zoning board OKs 100-apartment development on Petremont Lane, double the original ask

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A rendering of Good Guys Development, LLC, latest proposal for the corner of Petremont Land and Coram Road. The development would have ground-level parking and four levels with 100 total apartments.

A rendering of Good Guys Development, LLC, latest proposal for the corner of Petremont Land and Coram Road. The development would have ground-level parking and four levels with 100 total apartments.

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SHELTON — What was to be a 47-apartment development on Petremont Lane will now be more than double its size.

The Planning and Zoning Commission, at its meeting Tuesday, approved Good Guys Development’s proposed modification to its Petremont Lane development, which brings the apartment total to 100.

The commission had approved the 47-unit, 93-parking space plan in March 2021. Seven months later, the developers purchased an abutting property on the corner of Coram Road, which increased the lot size to some 4 acres, allowing for the expanded development plan.

Tuesday’s vote was 5-1 in favor of the new project, with commissioner Jimmy Tickey opposed. He voiced concerns about the potential for the negative traffic effects of the project — dubbed Clock Tower at Petremont Lane.

“I have concerns about the density of this development, its impact on the local roadways and traffic generally,” Tickey said.

Tickey said the applicant’s traffic report cites state Department of Transportation numbers from 2013, “yet anyone who drives these roads daily knows how much this area and related traffic has grown in the last nine years.”

Traffic engineer Kermit Hua of KWH Enterprise, reported the traffic effect from the project would be “limited.”

The commission’s approved resolution notes the physical condition and traffic flow pattern on the roadway must be improved. The city engineer’s letter, dated April 14, 2022, recommends the widening of Petremont Lane.

One issue during the original approval for the site was the possible effect on Petremont Lane, which is a tight roadway connecting Coram Road to River Road. Petremont Lane’s intersection with Coram Road is close to the intersection with Constitution Boulevard South, an already congested traffic area.

The new plan eliminates that issue, according to Stephen Bellis, the attorney representing Good Guys Development. The proposal has a driveway and sewer and water to Coram Road, with nothing done on Petremont Lane.

The resolution states, if the city agrees to participate in the work, the applicant must make “timely improvements” to the roadway before any permits for construction or occupancy are issued.

Bellis said the developers purchased an abutting property on the corner of Coram Road, which increases the lot size to some 4 acres, allowing for the expanded development plan.

“Good Guys was able to buy the additional land,” Bellis said, “so there is an application to modify the approval and allow 100 units total in light of the additional land.”

Bellis said the proposal is for a “high-end luxury apartment building with parking below the building.”

Among the amenities would be a lobby with a gym, golf simulator, Amazon package room, and a computer/study room along with a dog park and two rooftop lounges that would overlook the Housatonic River.

The parking will be on the ground level, with four stories of apartments above — 40 studios, 32 one bedrooms, and 28 one bedrooms with an office. Bellis said the developers are designating 10 units as affordable under the state statute 8-30g. Bellis said each unit will have two parking spaces.

According to the submitted plans, the project site is undeveloped and consists of 3.52 acres of wooded area and a single-family home. The site is bounded by Petremont Lane to the west, an undeveloped, wooded area to the east, commercial development to the south, and Coram Road to the north.

The structure, according to the submitted plans, will be 59-feet high, below the permitted 60 feet. The plan states that the “stone-faced lobby and brick clock tower (are) intended to provide an aesthetic enhancement of the streetscape and the architectural shingles and clapboard will blend in with the neighboring buildings.”

Petremont Lane is just off River Road. The property abuts a nonresidential area and a residential area, and, according to the application, the purpose of the planned development district is “to allow the construction of an apartment building to accomplish a transition between single-family use and an established nonresidential area.”

brian.gioiele@hearstmediact.com