Déjà vu for assisted-living approval

It was déjà vu July 24 for a developer's plan to build a 90-unit assisted-living facility on the property that was formerly Young’s Nurseries on Route 7.

Eight months after the Planning and Zoning Commission approved modifying regulations that would allow greater density for assisted-living developments, the plan by Sunrise Realty won approval last month. But then it was discovered there was a flaw in the implementation of six zoning regulations approved during the past year, and the regulation had to be rescinded.

So on July 24, Sunrise Realty appeared again before the Planning and Zoning Commission and began winning back the approval.

The commission Monday night approved the zoning regulation amendments pertaining to assisted-living developments and certain provisions pertaining to affordable housing. It  postponed until July 31 a decision on whether to allow the 90-unit facility at 211 Danbury Road.

It seems likely though. There was a lot of support in the audience of 40 people at the Wilton Library’s Brubeck Room, including First Selectman Lynne Vanderslice.

“I just want to express my support for this project,” Vanderslice told the commission. “Wilton is aging. There are a lot of people whose parents could use a facility like this.”

Support was voiced by the public, too.

“I recommend this,” said resident John Wilson, who said the development has no impact on the town but only a positive contribution to make.

The July 31 meeting will begin at 7:15 p.m. in Room A of the town hall annex.

Assisted-living developments on Danbury Road may not exceed 24 units per acre, and each unit may not be less than 300 square feet and not more than 600 square feet. The maximum building height is 39 feet, and the minimum number of affordable units is 10%.

Senior Living Development Co. wants to convert the property into what would be Wilton’s third for-profit assisted-living center. The other two are The Greens at Cannondale and Brookdale Wilton. The developer would ultimately sell it to the operator, Sunrise Senior Living, which is listed on the application and made the presentation.

This facility is intended for older seniors who need assistance daily. The plan is for 90 housing units in a 75,972-square-foot building on a 3.8-acre site.