Hawks Ridge developer seeks to add 89 apartments

The Hawks Ridge developer is seeking to add 89 apartment units in the project's final phase.

Hawks Luxury Rentals LLC has applied to construct two buildings with up to 179 parking spaces on a three-acre parcel on Beard Sawmill Road, between the senior living facility, now under construction, and the Route 8 highway.

Plans calls for studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom market-rate rental units.

A Planned Development District (PDD) was approved for Hawks Ridge in 2014 and amended in 2017 to allow for the 160-unit Brightview continuing care retirement community. The developer now wants to modify the PDD again for the rental complex, to be called The Ridge at Sawmill.

The developer originally had planned to use this land for additional senior living units.

The overall Hawks Ridge project also consists of 52 single-family homes, 57 duplex-style condominiums and a private clubhouse for residents off Long Hill Cross Road. It is on 41 acres previously owned by the Wells family.

The apartment buildings would be four stories and up to 65 feet high. The new structure nearest Beard Sawmill Road would be much larger than the other new building. Parking would be both under the buildings and at ground level surrounding the buildings.

Based on the proposed PDD modification, the project would only need to finish 148 parking spaces but dedicate additional space for 31 more spaces to be built if the P&Z determines they are needed once the complex is open.

The apartment complex would share a driveway off Beard Sawmill Road with the new Brightview facility, which is scheduled to open in the summer of 2019. Beard Sawmill Road is now closed for road improvements connected to the Brightview facility construction.

The zoning on the overall Hawks Ridge property was changed in 2014 from light industrial use to a PDD that allowed residential development, which generated significant neighborhood opposition at the time.

A P&Z public hearing on the Hawks Ridge 89-unit apartment proposal will take place Jan. 23, 2019, with the delay due to other pending commission matters and the upcoming holidays.

A.J. Grasso, the local developer associated with Hawks Ridge, sent a letter agreeing to an application extension so the hearing date could be set in the future.

The Brightview continuing care retirement community will include independent living, assisted living and dementia sections.