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    Tuesday, February 27, 2024

    Waterford approves 216-unit housing development

    A rendering of the front facade of the proposed Waterford Central Apartments. (Rendering provided by Sig Con Associates, LLC)

    Waterford ― A six-building development with 216 apartments is coming to Myrock Avenue.

    The Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved the proposed apartment complex named “Waterford Central” at its meeting Tuesday night after a presentation from the project’s engineer Brandon Handfield, architect John Wicko and traffic engineer Joseph Balskus.

    The project proposal calls for a mix of 144 one-bedroom and 72 two-bedroom units, with 36 units in each three-story tall building. Eighteen of the units are deemed affordable.

    The project will re-use an office building on the southern portion of the 27.6-acre property, which will take two parcels of land at 61 Myrock Ave. and 61A Myrock Ave. to create one piece of property.

    Developer Kevin Daley, the manager of Sig Con Associates, LLC, submitted the proposal, which would be built adjacent to one of his other developments, “Waterford Woods,” at 394 Willetts Ave.

    The Waterford Woods development is on 26.6 acres of land and houses 98 units, a mixture of one- and two-bedroom units. It was approved in 2021 and is currently under construction. Daley is also the developer of Waterford Parc, an apartment complex at 22 Miner Lane.

    The main access to the proposed development will be provided through the Waterford Woods development using Willetts Avenue Extension. A 24-foot-wide driveway will be built and connected to the Waterford Woods driveway. There will be no access to the development using Myrock Avenue.

    A total of 325 parking spaces are planned, and the project will include five freestanding garages for 35 cars. Eight spaces will be handicapped accessible.

    Additional amenities such as pickleball courts, gardens and a fenced-in dog park, along with grills and picnic tables, were included in the proposal.

    All the recreation amenities will be available to the residents of both Waterford Woods and Waterford Central.

    The proposal says the buildings will blend with the previously approved architecture of Waterford Woods, with varying roof lines, finishes, textures and colors that will blend into the surrounding area along Willetts Avenue.

    The development will be landscaped, including planted trees. The nearly five and a half acres of wetlands on the property will not be disturbed during construction. The site will be served by town water and sewer.

    A traffic impact study was conducted in October 2022 and concluded the surrounding area can accommodate the increase in traffic from the project with the proposed widening of Willetts Avenue to include a northbound left-turn lane, and a shared left-turn, straight and right-turn lane.

    The study found that there will be an additional 85 trips in and out of the development during the the peak morning hour, between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. on weekdays, and 107 trips at the peak evening hour, 3 to 4 p.m. on weekdays.

    k.arnold@theday.com

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