25-unit apartment building proposed for Howe Avenue

A 25-unit apartment building with four ground-level retail spaces is being proposed for Howe Avenue in the southern part of downtown Shelton.

The four-story structure would be built at 356-368 Howe Avenue, where the Donut Stop is now located. Initial indications are that Donut Stop would remain at the site, becoming one of the retail tenants.

The developer of Riverwalk Place is Perry Pettas of Shelton, who owns two local diners. Pettas could not be reached for comment.

A Planning and Zoning Commission public hearing on the application is scheduled for Feb. 28. The applicant is seeking to modify a Planned Development District (PDD) approved for most of the site in 2007.

The parcel is 0.5 acres and connects to Cornell Street, where a second driveway would be built. The development would have 26 parking spaces.

The latest application includes two small strips of land that aren’t in the old PDD — one abutting Cornell Street and the other a city-owned property the developer would purchase for additional parking.

The retail spaces would have storefronts on Howe Avenue and be quite deep, ranging in size from 1,335 to 1,760 square feet. The spaces could be used for stores, restaurants or offices.

The residential units on the second through fourth floors would be mostly one-bedroom, with some two-bedrooms. Tenants would have access to a fitness center, library/lounge, and common room.

An existing building next door on Howe Avenue at Cornell Street, which houses Downtown Pizza and upper-floor apartments, is not part of the project and would remain.

Most new developments proposed on Howe Avenue have been in the northern part of downtown, at Center Street or farther north.

One large property in the southern part of town that remains unoccupied is the former Carroll’s Home Improvement site, which is almost one acre and has been for sale for a number of years.