Zoners to mull Aspetuck project
A proposed 34-unit active adult community on Aspetuck Ridge Road is attempting to make its way through New Milford's zoning commission.
Approved in 2005 by zoners as a 68-unit project, the community, then called The Sycamores, was never developed. Now Howard Lavitt, the managing member of the five limited partnerships owning the 140-acre property, is ready to move forward.
"We're looking at units on an average of 2,100- to 2,400-square-feet," Mr. Lavitt said. "We've scaled the development down, preserving a large section in a conservation region."
The project has been renamed Aspetuck Ridge Estate. It would consist of 34 buildings -- 30 duplexes and four single detached houses.
All units would sit west of Aspetuck Ridge Road and Wells Road, on the east side of the Aspetuck River. The community would be gated.
"The new plan has a more open layout," Mr. Lavitt explained. "There's a lot more open space. The conservation easement will be west of the Aspetuck River with walking trails. Property owners will be able to fish and enjoy the outdoors."
Mr. Lavitt said units will be "competitively priced, with lower prices for buying in early."
"The idea is to create an environment where owners will interact with the surrounding community," he said.
"The property will be tied to the New Milford Tennis & Swim Club, which it (surrounds)," Mr. Lavitt said. "There are horse stables near by. We envision an active adult community for empty nesters."
Tennis & Swim Club owner Dinesh Rajagopalan declined comment at this time.
"We're going to move forward quickly, but how quickly will depend on financing for construction," Mr. Lavitt said. "We want to get all our permits in place so we can shop the project around to see who's interested in buying in."
The Inland Wetlands Commission approved the project June 9, with conditions.
The fire marshal's office gave approval June 8. The application was submitted under the ownership name of ARE Development Corp, LLC.
A public hearing is underway before the Zoning Commission. The next hearing is scheduled for Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Loretta Brickley Room at Town Hall.