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Ridgefield P&Z Commission Approves Affordable Housing Project on Gilbert Street

The project, which was applied for under the state’s affordable housing law, 8-30g, had originally called for 12 units but was scaled back to 10, then 8 after some commissioners expressed concern about the potential impact on traffic.

The Commission on Tuesday reportedly approved a scaled-down plan for an apartment building including .

According to a report in the Ridgefield Press, the project, which was applied for under the state’s affordable housing law, 8-30g, had originally called for 12 units but was scaled back to 10, then 8 after some commissioners expressed concern about the potential impact on traffic.

As a condition of approval, the applicant, Dany Letourneau’s DPA LLC, was required to bring the revised drawings back before the commission for review.

For more, check out the Ridgefield Press report.

Thomas Soukup July 29, 2012 at 02:34 PM
I don't have a horse in this race, but it seems to me that with all the empty storefronts in Ridgefield, 4 more cars give or take, would not have much impact on traffic. I would think the Gap moving out would more than offset these "overcrowded" conditions. If retailers draw traffic,then what is the difference between more housing and more retail stores?
sebastian dangerfield July 29, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Thomas, I interpret these moves as simply strategic... they dont want to outright reject, for fear of the impression of being anti-affordable housing. They scale them back to 8 because 8-30g requires 30% that means with 8 you have to have 3 affordable and get only 5 market rate....... making these projects economically unattractive for developers.
Thomas Soukup July 29, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Thanks Luca I am in the process of reading 8-30g as verbose as it is. While I understand the meaning of your reply, am I correct that the reduction in the number of units will result in less profit for the developer but it is still his choice to make. So my question is can 5 of the 8 units be made more upscale to offset the lower profits of the three affordable housing units? If you don't mind, was it the RP&Z who objected to the 12 units or was it the State Commissioners who objected? Many thanks, Tom

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