Apart­ment plan OK’d for Glenville

Greenwich Time - - FRONT PAGE - By Ken Bor­suk

GREEN­WICH — New apart­ments will be carved out in Glenville after the town Plan­ning and Zon­ing Com­mis­sion gave its unan­i­mous ap­proval to a project to con­vert of­fices into hous­ing in a land­mark de­vel­op­ment.

No new build­ings will be con­structed. In­stead, the of­fice space in The Mill will be turned into 69 new apart­ment units, ac­cord­ing to prop­erty co-owner and de­vel­oper Steven Schac­ter. The project will in­volve 10 Glenville St., 328 Pem­ber­wick Road and 340 Pem­ber­wick Road, he said.

As part of the ap­proval, the prop­erty own­ers com­mit­ted to make im­prove­ments to ad­dress ex­ist­ing traf­fic prob­lems in the busy area. Res­i­dents had spo­ken up with con­cerns, not about the apart­ments, but how they would im­pact the al­ready heavy traf­fic in down­town Glenville.

The town, through its Depart­ment of Pub­lic Works, is also work­ing to re­lieve traf­fic prob­lems in Glenville in the long term.

The com­mis­sion had ap­peared ready to ap­prove the apart­ments late last month. How­ever, it de­ferred the ap­proval un­til Tues­day night’s meet­ing to al­low more time to dis­cuss traf­fic is­sues.

Schac­ter has said the prop­erty will gen­er­ate less traf­fic with apart­ments than it did as of­fices.

“Our neigh­bors are con­cerned about ex­ist­ing street con­ges­tion on Glenville Street and Glenville Road,” Schac­ter said at the meet­ing. “The com­mis­sion chose to demon­strate to our neigh­bors that their con­cerns about traf­fic did not fall on deaf ears. At the risk of re­peat­ing what’s been said at both prior meet­ing, our ap­pli­ca­tion would not be ex­pected to ex­ac­er­bate ex­ist­ing traf­fic. Quite the con­trary: It would be ex­pected to ame­lio­rate that traf­fic.”

Com­mis­sion Act­ing Chair Mar­garita Al­ban said it would be less traf­fic only when com­pared to the of­fice space at full ca­pac­ity. The prop­erty own­ers have not leased out the of­fices as they sought to con­vert the space into apart­ments.

Un­der the plan, there will be 33 apart­ments on the east par­cel on the Pem­ber­wick side and 36 apart­ments on the west par­cel, which is at Glenville Street.

The de­vel­op­ers also for­mally sub­mit­ted changes to al­low the turn­ing ra­dius to be widened at an ex­ist­ing traf­fic cir­cle and rum­ble strips to be added to slow traf­fic.

After a meet­ing with the town and res­i­dents, Schac­ter said they de­cided other steps could be taken to al­le­vi­ate traf­fic, such as extra signs to keep driv­ers from block­ing the drive­ways into the Glenville Street en­trance and to keep traf­fic from back­ing up.

Be­fore the vote, Schac­ter told the com­mis­sion. “Our ap­pli­ca­tion should be ap­proved rather than force us to seek to fill our of­fice space with med­i­cal prac­tices or co-work­ing uses, which are the most likely of­fice ten­ants in to­day’s mar­ket.”

The project is re­de­vel­op­ment, not de­vel­op­ment, and is in keep­ing with the stated goals of the town, he said. The Mill and its the park-like set­ting — com­plete with water­fall — would be “up­dated, im­proved and re­vi­tal­ized” for the good of the en­tire neigh­bor­hood, Schac­ter said.

Sev­eral res­i­dents spoke out at the Nov. 21 meet­ing, but none were in at­ten­dance at Tues­day’s meet­ing.

The com­mis­sion­ers voted unan­i­mously to ap­prove the project but said traf­fic is­sues need to be ad­dressed.

“The ex­ist­ing con­ges­tion is be­yond the scope of this ap­pli­ca­tion, but I think it’s a very sig­nif­i­cant com­mu­nity con­cern go­ing for­ward re­gard­less of what goes on at this site,” com­mis­sion mem­ber Peter Levy said. “We would hope and en­cour­age any ef­forts in the com­mu­nity to talk about this and see if the town couldn’t be mo­ti­vated to work on some of th­ese in­ter­sec­tions to al­le­vi­ate the prob­lem. It’s not go­ing

Hearst Connecticut Me­dia file photo

The Mill in Glenville

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