Construction un­der­way on large apart­ment com­plex in Gro­ton

The Day - - DAILY BRIEFING - By DEBORAH STRASZHEIM Day Staff Writer d.straszheim@the­day.com

“We’re try­ing to get hous­ing for all th­ese young en­gi­neers that are com­ing to EB. We want them to stay in town.” BON­NIE NAULT, GRO­TON TOWN COUNCILOR

Gro­ton — Construction has be­gun on a 147-unit apart­ment com­plex at Pleas­ant Val­ley Road North and Route 12, one of two multi-fam­ily build­ing projects in Gro­ton.

“We haven’t seen new apart­ments in some time,” said Jonathan Reiner, Gro­ton di­rec­tor of plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment ser­vices. “We’re ex­cited about this de­vel­op­ment. They’re go­ing to be mar­ket rate units, and we’ve seen in the mar­ket anal­y­sis and from de­vel­op­ers, the de­sire to build­ing more multi-fam­ily hous­ing in Gro­ton. This is start­ing to meet that need.”

One find­ing of the anal­y­sis com­pleted last year was the de­mand for more multi-fam­ily hous­ing in town. Res­i­dents ages 25 to 34 made up more than one-third of Gro­ton’s pop­u­la­tion, are be­gin­ning to earn sig­nif­i­cant in­come but ei­ther can’t af­ford or don’t want sin­gle-fam­ily homes, ac­cord­ing to the re­port by New-York based con­sul­tant Camoin As­so­ci­ates.

De­vel­op­ers may be re­spond­ing to this need and the growth at Elec­tric Boat, Reiner said. Elec­tric Boat needs to hire 15,000 to 20,000 peo­ple by 2030 as it gears up to build two Vir­ginia-class sub­marines a year and de­velop and de­sign the first Columbia-class subs.

In ad­di­tion to the construction on Pleas­ant Val­ley Road North, Long Meadow Land­ings is build­ing 22 apart­ments at 45 South Road. Gabriele’s Karate also built 15 apart­ments at 1028 Po­quon­nock Road, in­clud­ing four com­pleted within the last six months. The plan­ning depart­ment an­tic­i­pates 19 new con­do­mini­ums will be built on Fort Hill Road this year.

Gro­ton Multi-fam­ily Apart­ments on Pleas­ant Val­ley Road North would in­clude three multi-story build­ings with 49 units each, 239 park­ing spa­ces and recre­ation fa­cil­i­ties. Fu­ture ten­ants would ac­cess the com­plex from two points off Pleas­ant Val­ley Road north, ac­cord­ing to plan­ning doc­u­ments.

“We’re try­ing to get hous­ing for all of th­ese young en­gi­neers that are com­ing to EB. We want them to stay in town,” said Town Councilor Bon­nie Nault, one of two coun­cil li­aisons to the eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment com­mis­sion. Nault works as a real es­tate agent and re­cently helped two new EB em­ploy­ees find hous­ing.

Much of Gro­ton’s hous­ing stock is older, so new apart­ments will help fill that void, she said. The mar­ket anal­y­sis rec­om­mended mixed-use de­vel­op­ments, or a mix of re­tail shops and apart­ments, which is what the coun­cil wanted to do with the for­mer Seely School prop­erty, Nault said.

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