Thursday, 28 February 2013 12:03

180,000-Square-Foot Retail and Residential Complex Coming to Wilton

By Patricia Older | Business

WILTON – Outside of the Wilton Mall, one of the largest and most impressive projects to be built in Wilton is coming to Route 9 – an 180,000 square-foot retail and luxury apartment complex just north of Northern Pines Road and across from the former Everglades Restaurant. 

 

Proposed by Gordon Companies out of Albany, the T-shaped complex will cover almost 10 acres and will span 335 feet along Route 9 with a 600-foot long three story apartment complex stretching out behind it. The development will go on the land where The Lot car sales are, as well as the two existing lots on either side. 

The multi-textured, three-story façade facing Route 9 will have glass-fronted retail outlets on the first floor and luxury apartments on top. The building will be located 15 feet from the Route 9 right of way and will have a sidewalk along the length of it. 

There will be 16,357 square-feet of commercial space and 163,570 square feet of residential space. 

Connecting to the retail and residential building will be a rectangle shaped building that is open in the center. In that center area will be an enclosed courtyard area, green space and a 20 x 40 pool. 

The 114 condominium units will be a mix of one, two and three bedroom apartments and residents will be able to choose either a unit with a street view or one with a view of the courtyard. The largest of the condominiums is a 1,645 square-foot three bedroom with a study, while the smallest is a 784 square foot one bedroom. 

Ryan Riper, Wilton’s town engineer said the mixed-use project is being built in a Hamlet 1 zone which calls for it to be closer to the roadway and have sidewalks. He said the current zoning changes did not affect this project. 

“It is all within the requirements,” said Riper, who said mass-wise, the footprint for the building is quite similar to the apartments just north of it. 

Entrances and exits to the complex will be on both the north and the south sides, but the exits will have stop bars. A white, solid vinyl fence will run along the south side of the project, separating it from an adjacent home, and landscaping, with various trees and shrubs, will fill in the 15’ setback on the south side as well. 

With a tentative completion date of the first phase, which will be the retail space and half of the residential space, of 2014, Riper said the developer hoped to start the project in early summer after the demolition of the existing buildings and ground work is completed. 

A public hearing has been set for the project March 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Wilton Town Hall. 

 

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