P&Z to discuss proposed apartment complex, restaurant, marina

Another proposal to turn the Beacon Point Marine property into an apartment complex, restaurant and marina is coming before the Planning and Zoning Commission.

The new proposal includes three six-story residential buildings with 105 units, a restaurant, two “rowing club” facilities, docks, and a small maintenance building. The tallest building could be up to 63 feet high. There would be a total of six structures.

The Great River Water Club complex would have 430 parking spaces, with more than half being for the marina. Some spaces would be in garages within the residential buildings but most would be surface spots.

The applicant is Ricar LLC and Mianus Holdings LLC. Beacon Point Marine also has a facility in Greenwich where the Mianus River begins.

Sacred Heart University would occupy a stand-alone rowing club, basing its rowing operations there. The boating club facility would share a building with the restaurant. Both structures would be three stories high.

The property is at 704-722 River Road (Route 110), along the Housatonic River and across from Murphy’s Lane and the Crescent Village housing development. The parcel is 8.6 acres.

A Planned Development District (PDD) was approved for the site in 2007 for a 31-unit condominium, restaurant and expanded marina, but that project never was built. The applicant is seeking to modify the existing PDD.

Many neighbors opposed somewhat similar proposals for the property in the recent past. They questioned the density of the project along the riverfront and its impact on water views from the road and nearby properties.

Nearby residents also were concerned about traffic volume and safety, and the impact on the school system. Other opponents pushed for greater public access once the site is developed.

Three driveways

The Great River Water Club complex would have three driveways on River Road, with one being two-way and the others for either entering or exiting only.

Each of the three residential buildings would have 35 living units. The application describes the apartments as “a residential luxury rental use.” There would be an outdoor swimming pool and patio area overlooking the river, plus a sidewalk going along the entire riverfront.

Retaining walls would be built in various locations, including along parts of River Road and near the Housatonic River, to handle elevation changes.

The complex would hook up to the town of Stratford sewer system, which is nearby. The developer will need to show this is a feasible option. The Shelton sewer system doesn’t run that far south.

An initial proposal for the site called for building a new on-site sewage treatment facility but that was quickly eliminated because of strong opposition by government officials. Subsequent plans involved extending the Shelton system to the location at an estimated $2-million cost.

Earlier plans called for up to 154 residential units, with the developer claiming the density was needed to pay for the sewer connection expense.