Windsor council approves 77-unit building

WINDSOR — A local developer has received permission to proceed with plans to build a 77-unit apartment building on the site of a former car dealership.

The Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously last week to approve a concept plan for a four-story residential structure at the corner of Poquonock Avenue and Mack Street.

The apartment building, called Residences at Bowfield Green, will also include nearly 7,000 square feet of commercial and office space on the ground floor, according to Chris Hill, an architect working on the project.

Hill said the building was designed to maximize the number of apartments that could fit on the 2.3-acre site. He also suggested that the building could influence future development as the city grows.

“Our design goals, architecturally, were to treat this as a gateway property to downtown along Poquonock,” he said.

Site plans submitted to the city show the building will include 28 bachelor apartments, 41 one-bedroom units and eight two-bedroom units. The apartments will be rented at market price.

Hill said the building will include a tenant lounge on the fourth floor, a rooftop garden and patio, basement storage units, a dog park and bike racks.

A traffic study commissioned by the developers found that the building would generate around 1,000 vehicle trips per day with around 114 trips during evening peak hours, according to the app.

David Ziaks, an engineer working on the project, said the complex will include 116 parking spaces, including 30 garage spaces on the ground floor of the building. A handful of on-street parking spaces will also be built to serve the shops on the ground floor.

The apartment building is the second residential complex to be proposed for the location, which previously housed a Chevrolet dealership.

Ziaks said a similarly sized building with fewer apartments but larger floor plans was approved about a dozen years ago. However, construction never advanced on this project.

Ziaks suggested construction of the building could begin as early as this fall. The complex should last about 12 months.

The commission’s unanimous vote to approve the apartments followed a public hearing in which no one spoke against or in favor of the application. Commissioner Jill Levine highlighted the economic impact the development could have on the city before voting in favor of the project.

“It’s a key gateway into the downtown district,” she said. “We are working very hard to make Widnsor Center a viable place and that is really important.”

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