Redesigned plan for condos at Mystic Color Lab site presented to Stonington Planning and Zoning

Mystic - The new developer of the former Mystic Color Lab property outlined his new design for a luxury condominium project to the Stonington Planning and Zoning Commission Tuesday.

Instead of one 55-unit, L-shaped building that would have included a brick tower - one of the last two remaining pieces of the original building - the new plans calls for four buildings that enclose a central landscaped courtyard. The other part of the original mill is a dilapidated brick wall.

The buildings, which would include two- and three-bedroom units, would be located on three floors. The ground level would contain parking, as flood regulations require water to flow under the buildings.

While the wall and brick tower are scheduled to be removed as part of the new design, project attorney Ted Ladwig of Pawcatuck and project architect Timothy Wentz of Pennsylvania said the tower would be replicated as a design element in the new building.

The overall size of the project would also contain slightly less square footage than the previous project.

"We think this is a new and improved project," Ladwig told the commission.

The details were unveiled as developer Bryan Robik of Fairfield made an informal presentation of the plan to commission members, who did not express any major concerns about the new design.

Commission member John Prue said he was glad to see an eyesore was going to be turned back into taxable property.

Robik indicated to the commission and said after the meeting that he is ready to apply for the master plan and site plan approvals he will need for the project. Both require public hearings. He said the new design is easier to build, more marketable and easier to finance.

The previous developers received approval for a $30 million project, tore down the building and completed some site work before the recession hit and the project ceased amid financial problems. Edgewood Mac LLC of Southport acquired the mortgage to the property in 2009.


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