Wilton Heights project seeks new developer

A rendering of Wilton Heights, proposed for Route 7 at the intersection of Route 33.

A rendering of Wilton Heights, proposed for Route 7 at the intersection of Route 33.

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WILTON — Despite having all the approvals in place — on both the local and state levels — the developer for 300 Danbury Road has decided not to pursue the project, according to listing real estate broker Kevin O’Brien.

The developer, the Spinnaker Group, which had been paying the taxes on the property, “decided to put it on hold,” O’Brien said, adding the owners are “hoping they would come back.” Spinnaker backed out at the end of June, he said.

The development, known as Wilton Heights, was to include retail stores and shops with above-street-level residential apartments on 7.4 acres. Public hearings were held in 2019 and 2019 before it received approval from the Planning & Zoning Commission.

With a downtown-type design, five buildings would house 74 two-bedroom apartments above retail within 1,000 feet of the Wilton train station.

“It’s not a great environment for construction. The prices of materials have gone through the roof,” O’Brien said. “We’re all set to go. Now we’re in the process of finding a new buyer.”

A new buyer could go ahead with Wilton Heights as planned, he said, or present a new proposal.

The property continues to be owned by the Donahue and Mannix families, who purchased it in 1965. It has been up for sale since 2012, when the Planning & Zoning Commission denied a request to build a restaurant on the property.