DANBURY - A new continuing-care complex for the aging has been approved on a hilltop site just east of Danbury Airport.

The four-story complex, planned for a five-acre site at the top of Wooster Heights Road, will have 139 apartments with varying levels of care, the developer said.

“We’re excited about this project,” said Thomas Beecher, the attorney representing property owner Anthony Rizzo Jr. “This concept is for three stages of living - people who are independent, people who need some level of assistance from onsite staff with things such as meal preparation and laundry, and people who have Alzheimer’s disease.”

The complex, called Keystone Place at Wooster Heights, will be built in a neighborhood zoned for light industrial use. Its immediate neighbors are the Lee Farm Corporate Park and the Veterans Memorial Armed Forces Reserve Center, a $35 million facility that opened in 2014.

The continuing-care complex, which is expected to increase traffic by a daily average of 580 cars, is also uphill from a neighborhood of single-family homes.

The city’s Planning Department approved the complex earlier this month after conducting a public hearing in October. Planners found the project would be in character with the neighborhood because it would not add significant amounts of noise, pollution or traffic congestion.

Among the conditions the developer will have to meet is to install lighting that has minimum glare, and to follow an approved planting plan, according to the city Planning Department.

Locals know the spot as the site of the abandoned white clapboard home with a collapsed side porch. The home will be demolished, along with a shed and a garage on the property, to make room for the 170,000-square-foot complex.

“We feel this is the perfect gateway project that bridges the residential neighborhood with the corporate center,” said Rizzo, the owner and developer of the property. “It is also a wonderful spot for seniors to reside who love to shop at the (Danbury Fair) Mall.”

The project includes plans for a parking garage and a freestanding emergency services building with a bay to park an ambulance.

“The EMTs that patrol the west side of Danbury park at the mall or the airport,” Rizzo said.” But now they will have their own building, at no cost to the taxpayer, with a lounge and a place to keep their ambulance out of the weather.”

Because of its proximity to the airport, the project required the Federal Aviation Administration’s approval. Among the FAA restrictions was that no trees could be planted that would interfere with runway clearance.

Demolition of the old white house and other buildings on the site could begin as soon as one month. Construction is expected to start in March.

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