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    Tuesday, November 28, 2023

    Affordable housing development proposed for Rosalini’s site in Pawcatuck

    Stonington ― A Misquamicut business owner is seeking to build a 113-unit affordable housing project on the site of the former Rosalini’s nightclub in Pawcatuck.

    Fair Housing of Connecticut, LLC, of Trumbull, whose principal is Eugene Arganese, has filed an application for special use permit to develop the 4.2-acre Liberty Street property, which was home to the popular nightclub from the 1970s to the 1990s before it closed.

    Residents stopped a strip club from opening there in 1999 and since then it has operated as a series of restaurants and clubs, the last of which brought back the Rosalini’s name but closed in May.

    The Rosalini’s project is the latest affordable housing project proposed for the village, which residents complain already hosts the bulk of the town’s affordable housing.

    Arganese is the owner of Arganese Cigars, based in the Dominican Republic, and several Misquamicut businesses including the Sandy Shore Motel and Gino’s by the Beach restaurant on Atlantic Avenue, among others.

    According to the application for the project, the 113 three-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom townhouses will be clustered in 10 groups with 3 to 20 units.

    Plans for the project call for two styles of units: 101 units of 1,800 square feet with a garage and a dozen smaller, Americans with Disabilities Act compliant, 1,400-square-foot units with driveway parking.

    The larger three-story units will have a ground-level garage with three bedrooms on the third floor and a living area on the main floor, while the smaller two-story units will have one first-floor bedroom and two second-floor bedrooms.

    The development will be serviced by public water and sewer and plans show decorative plantings along the road and trees around the perimeter of the property.

    A traffic study conducted by BL Companies of Meriden estimated the development would generate 56 vehicles coming and going from the property onto Route 2 during peak morning travel times and 62 during peak afternoon hours and would have no adverse impact on traffic flow.

    It was unclear how many of the units would be considered affordable, but to qualify as an affordable housing development, a minimum of 30% of the units must be affordable to people who earn 80% or less of the area median income.

    An individual earning 80% of the area’s median income, $63,000 per year, would pay $1,500 per month in rent.

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