While construction continues at Avalon Shelton, the 250-unit complex at 185 Canal Street, units will be available starting Feb. 15. The project has been in the works for a few years and the city\u2019s Planning and Zoning Commission granted approval to the project in June 2011. \u201cWe will start pre-leasing soon,\u201d said Todd Nicotra, a senior development manager with AvalonBay. \u201cThere has been a lot of interest. We haven\u2019t done a full marketing campaign yet and we\u2019ve already had a good response, so we\u2019re feeling optimistic.\u201d According to Avalon Shelton\u2019s Facebook page, the one-bedroom apartments start at $1,325 and the two-bedrooms start at $1,725. \u201cThese are luxury apartments for folks interested in having high-quality amenities and services,\u201d Nicotra said. The amenities include a fitness center, clubhouse, landscaped courtyards, swimming pool, and views of the Housatonic The project has had the support of the Shelton Economic Development Corp., a nonprofit corporation that promotes business development within the city. SEDC President James Ryan said the development of Avalon represents a very important step for downtown. \u201cIt\u2019s everything the community and our team and many others have worked toward for a generation,\u201d Ryan said. \u201cIt\u2019s a long-standing vision.\u201d Ryan said the community made the effort years ago to tackle brownfield issues, and worked to create public spaces downtown, while positioning itself to receive new private investment, like Avalon. Ryan said Avalon has been doing \u201creconnaissance\u201d of the area, to find out what the community offers to future residents. Downtown businesses are looking forward to new residents moving in. \u201cThe merchants are so excited and we have such a great mix of services,\u201d Ryan said of downtown. \u201cI just left a meeting with two downtown merchants who want to know the best way to make a connection with Avalon.\u201d Next for Canal The city is going out to bid soon on Canal Street improvements. About half of the road will be reconstructed this year, Ryan said. Improvements include widening the road, new sidewalks and utility work. In November, voters approved the city bonding $1 million for Canal Street reconstruction. The next phase of the Riverwalk, which goes around the new Avalon building, is in final design. \u201cThe next phase of Riverwalk isn\u2019t going to start until the end of summer, or early fall,\u201d Ryan said. Work is also being done to continue cleanup of remaining brownfields. Ryan said Avalon is a piece of the redevelopment puzzle. \u201cIt\u2019s very gratifying to see this next logical step fall into place,\u201d Ryan said of Avalon. Those interested in leasing an apartment at Avalon Shelton may call 203-924-5366.