Construction underway on affordable apartments

A long-awaited 30-unit apartment building at 31 Old Danbury Road that reserves 30% of its units as affordable is now in the rough building inspection phase.

That means construction is coming along, but not anywhere near to being finished. The building permit was issued in January.

“We started looking at the second floor framing, the electric and the plumbing yesterday,” said Robert Root, the town’s building official, on Thursday, July 28, referring to how the inspections began the day before.

The developer, Patrick Downend, has provided no schedule of when the project will be complete.

“I have no idea when it will be done,” Root said.

The apartment building is the latest to be built in town in several years. It is by no means the largest. Avalon built 100 units four years ago on Danbury Road, Root said.

The construction marks another step in a long  process to add more affordable housing in Wilton.

Half of the affordable units in any development in Wilton must be accessible to someone making 80% of Connecticut’s median income, which is $51,200 as of 2015, when the project was approved. The second half must be accessible to someone making 60% of the median income, which is $38,400.

Downend, who could not be reached for comment on his actual monthly rent plans, bought the one-acre lot on Old Danbury Road from the town for $933,000. The town still owns three more acres of land near the site, which could be rezoned and developed in the future.

Downend’s attorney, Casey Healy, did not return a phone call seeking comment.