Wilton to consider a 32-unit development near the library

12 Godfrey Place in Wilton Center is being proposed as a location for 32 multifamily units.

12 Godfrey Place in Wilton Center is being proposed as a location for 32 multifamily units.

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WILTON — An application has been filed with the town for a proposed 32-unit multifamily development in the heart of downtown.

The application for Wilton Lofts was filed by attorney Liz Suchy on behalf of Greenwich Realty Development LLC, the owner of a three-story building at 12 Godfrey Place, located adjacent to the Wilton Library.

The group plans to redevelop the 9,768-square-foot building, located on 0.62 acres, as a "multifamily, transit-oriented residential development containing 32 apartments in a multi-story building above 34 on-grade parking spaces," according to the application. An additional eight parking spots would be available across Hubbard Road to the west.

The concept proposes one-, two- and three-bedroom units, each with its own terrace. The smallest one-bedroom is proposed to be 829 square feet with the largest three-bedroom spanning 2,330 square feet.

The current building was constructed in the 1980s and used primarily as an office building. It has been home to various office tenants over the years, including a dentist and a marketing company, according to the application. The building was last sold in August for $2.5 million.

The project would need a special zoning amendment accepted by the Planning and Zoning Commission to allow for reduced parking requirements, increased density as well as increased height and number of stories.

In the application, Suchy references the Wilton's Plan of Conservation and Development focus on adding housing diversity and density near Wilton Center.

"The applicant's proposal focuses on these goals and other town desires to create smaller housing units that can support various stages of life, smartly grow its population, and foster a 'vibrant and socio-economically diverse community,' which, by creating new residential opportunities in an already walkable area, will further activate the town," the proposal states.

The town is also wrapping up its Wilton Center master plan draft to map out the future of its downtown area. The town is also in the midst of a pedestrian bridge project to further increase walkability around the shopping district.

Town Planner Michael Wrinn told the Planning and Zoning Commission this week that the proposal is set to go before the Architectural Review Board before making its way to the commission on Nov. 14.