New London – The New London Development Corp. executive board voted unanimously today to begin negotiations with Westport developers Irwin and Robert Stillman to build 80 townhouses in Fort Trumbull.
The townhouses would be located on 6.5 acres that was once part of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center adjcent to Fort Trumbull State Park and the Coast Guard station.
The Stillmans were the only developer to respond for a "request for qualifications" issued in December by the NLDC.
"(The Stillmans) seem well qualified and seem responsive to the interests of the community," NLDC executive director John Brooks said.
The Stillman organization has built hotels, condominiums, single family homes, offices, shopping centers in the New York metropolitan area.
NLDC has received initial renderings of the townhouses, which are inspired by Greek revival architecture found on Starr Street in downtown New London, but they are not yet available for public viewing.
Mayor Rob Pero said the City Council will hold a meeting either next week or the second week in March to vote on going forward with negotiations.
Pero requested the NLDC make drawings available for the public at that time.
"I’m happy there is a developer out there that sees the value of building in New London," Pero said.