Post Road East affordable housing complex approved
Updated 4:21 pm, Thursday, September 8, 2016
WESTPORT — A sixty-foot-high affordable housing complex proposed for 1177 Post Road East was passed by the Planning and Zoning Commission on Thursday.
The four-story, 94-unit housing development, which was applied for under the state general statute 8-30g, will have 29 affordable units, or 30.8 percent of the total dwellings.
The plan for the 1.96-acre property includes an exposed parking lot and an additional concealed parking lot underneath the four-story building —152 parking spaces.
Some commissioners struggled with the idea of having a building four stories high along the Post Road. A second option discussed was a three-story building, but that option was less financially viable for the developer and didn’t give the town the same 8-30g moratorium benefit. After hours of consideration, the commission settled on the four-story project, noting it provides a significant step toward a moratorium against future 8-30g applications.
“If we weren’t required by statute to justify refusing both applications, we wouldn’t even be having this conversation,” Commissioner Alan Hodge said.
“In my mind, we’re looking at two proposals, neither of which are very attractive. But if the statute requires me as a commissioner to essentially pass this proposal … and if we have to pass one of those two projects, I would rather get the maximum benefit from having to do something,” Hodge added.