Discussions on two upcoming redevelopment projects will continue during the Planning & Zoning Commission’s meeting tonight. The commission may issue a decision on Baywater Properties’ proposed zoning amendments for downtown Darien and public hearings will proceed for the redevelopment of the Noroton Heights Shopping Center.
Baywater has requested that the commission approve a maximum building height of five stories and 71 feet in the area of Post Road and Corbin Drive in downtown Darien. The amendments would create a new “Corbin subarea” that would also include changes to building setbacks and parking regulations to make room for slightly denser development at the site. Baywater is proposing a mixed-use development for this portion of downtown with retail and office space as well as apartments.
As revised,Baywater’s project expects to add 64 apartments to downtown Darien, along with approximately 97,000 square feet of retail space, and a 112,000 square feet of office space. The apartments will be limited to one or two bedrooms and are designed for adults without children. The project would also include an underground parking structure, a village green for public gatherings and new service roads to alleviate traffic.
Baywater originally submitted a set of amendments for the subarea in early 2016 but opted to withdraw their proposal during the deliberation process. The original proposal requested buildings of six stories and 85 feet, and the Planning & Zoning Commission expressed concerns over the size of the buildings. The current maximum building height is three stories and 45 feet.
Public hearings for the Baywater application were closed on January 31, and the commission is due to make a decision by April 6.
Noroton Heights Shopping Center continues public hearings
The Noroton Heights Shopping Center plans to transforming the existing mall into a more modern village development, with apartments complimenting retail and restaurant space. A total of 59 one and two bedroom apartments have been proposed for the project, along with 24,481 square feet of retail space and 8,646 square feet of restaurant space.
Pedestrian access is a focus of the new development, which will include large walkways leading through the shopping center and a village square. Two mixed-used buildings with first floor retail and upper floor apartments would be developed in its place in place of the current structures.
Talks during the public hearing have focused on how the shopping center can work to mitigate existing flood and traffic issues in the area as it undergoes redevelopment. There are significant changes planned for the development’s traffic flow and parking structure, and officials have questioned the best approach for managing drainage.
The Planning & Zoning Commission will meet in the Town Hall Auditorium tonight at 8 p.m.