A plan to build 30 apartments on Old Danbury Road, near Trackside, was presented to the Planning & Zoning Commission on Monday. This presentation marks another step in a long process to add more affordable housing in Wilton.
Developer Patrick Downend, who originally proposed developing affordable housing at 44 Westport Road, has plans to purchase a one-acre lot on Old Danbury Road from the town of Wilton so long as his plans pass all of the town’s land use boards.
Downend plans to purchase the lot for a net price of $933,000, which includes a credit of $112,000 because the developer is building deeper-than-neccessary sewage systems to accommodate potential future development.
Thirty percent of the housing units built on Old Danbury Road would qualify as affordable housing.
Half of the affordable units in any development in Wilton must be accessible to someone making 80% of Connecticut’s median income ($51,200). The second half must be accessible to someone making 60% of the median income ($38,400).
The town still owns three more acres of land near the site, which could be rezoned and developed in the future.
Though some have suggested the Old Danbury Road site was originally purchased by the town for use as open space, Bulletin records show the town bought a total of 13.1 acres of land from the Emery Freight Corp. with no clear intentions, and has since leased some of that land to the Trackside Teen Center and Wilton Commons.