Apartments over Wilton Center office approved

A land use application to allow two dwelling units over office space at 23 Hubbard Road in Wilton Center got approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission May 9.

The commission voted all in favor with the exception of Rick Tomasetti, who abstained because he “offered some assistance” with the project.

Presented on behalf of property owner Townsend-Adams Properties by Kevin O’Brien, founder and broker of O’Brien Premier Properties LLC, the application sought to convert the space into two “identical” two-bedroom apartments.

On May 9, O’Brien presented his final plans, which included the addition of four dormers, egress windows, a central stairwell, and a fire escape.

“This is pretty minimal,” commented Town Planner Bob Nerney. “It’s not changing the shell [of the building] with new construction.”

“We’re definitely keeping it in the character of the existing building that’s there today,” O’Brien said. “Not much is changing.”

Earlier on in the public hearing process, the town planner said he liked the idea of more apartments in Wilton Center, because it would “help businesses downtown.”

“We want to encourage situations like this, where there will be very little change to the building itself,” Nerney said on March 28, when O’Brien first came before the commission with his client’s application.