14-Unit Apartment Building on Leavenworth Road Proposed

A public hearing was held in Shelton City Hall last night to discuss plans for a 14-unit apartment building on the site of a former gas station on Leavenworth Road.

A public hearing was held in Shelton City Hall last night to discuss plans for a 14-unit apartment building on the site of a former gas station at 11 Leavenworth Road.

Attorney Dominick Thomas spoke on behalf of Blakeman Construction, LLC. He said the plot of land, located just beyond Indian Well State Park, is .93 acres, and .52 of those are to be developed. The new building would consist of one and two-bedroom units.

"Putting a convenient store and a gas station there would be nearly impossible," Thomas said of the idea to resurrect the land's former use. He said that because the only traffic going in or out of the space will be residents and visitors, the main road is not likely to become clogged.

Each unit would have an outdoor area, either a patio or deck, and there will be at least 21 parking spaces, mostly in the rear of the building.

Discuss! What do you think of these plans?

Juan Denali October 25, 2012 at 12:33 PM
What the hell do we need with more apartments or condos in Shelton! The increased load on city services is not proportional to the amount of taxes generated. More apartments only means increased taxes for permanent residents. The downtown area is starting to look like Derby because nothing is maintained and there is no comprehensive plan to develop it with a specific architectural style. It seems that if you have a few bucks you can slap up a building with no regard to it's appearance compared to other buildings in the area. How about a realistic plan for the development, and maintenance (have you tried to walk on the sidewalks downtown) of the city.
Susan October 25, 2012 at 12:35 PM
As I pass this site everyday to and from work and see the activity there, I've been wondering what is going on. I like the idea of an apartment building. As long as it is planned correctly, it should blend in nicely with the neighborhood. Once again, Patch gives me the answer I've been looking for!
Lisa S October 25, 2012 at 01:18 PM
My sentiments exactly Juan. We don't need more apartments in Shelton. Do that many people really want to live here? I love Shelton and do not want to see it go downhill with all this development. Build something that won't decrease our property value and raise our taxes.
Jack Kaplan October 25, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Juan is one hundred percent correct. The politicians in this city have absolutely no vision except to slap up these horrible apartment buildings that still sit empty. Even Avalon on Bridgeport avenue has vacancies. What is the global initiative for the downtown. Build it and they will come? Wrong! Downtown is a shithole! Everyone knows it. No streetscape. Traffic lights untimed. Garbage cans everywhere. Someone needs to really love and care for this resource. But filling our riverfront with rental units is NOT the best long term plan. So annoying!
Grace Monahan October 25, 2012 at 03:46 PM
I would rather see a few homes in there. We have enough apartments which could be our future slums. No to this idea.
James Oram October 25, 2012 at 04:11 PM
This might answer a few questions: http://sheltonedcorp.org/documents/shelton_market_study.pdf
JOY October 25, 2012 at 04:22 PM
I would rather see a relatively small, manageable complex like this than the potential disaster they are creating down on Canal St. I wish they would finish Constitution Boulevard so we would have an alternative to the downtown traffic mess (that's only going to get worse.
Terry October 25, 2012 at 05:28 PM
How many apartments do we need in Shelton? What kind of impact will a new development make on our already-stressed school system?
LeAnne Sheldon October 25, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Juan stated just what I was thinking. We do not need another apartment complex in Shelton. And that seems to be a strange place to put it too. I don't want a gas station there either and am glad the tanks were removed but I'd love to see some type of little store.
James Oram October 26, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Here's my best guess: http://sheltonedcorp.org/documents/shelton_market_study.pdf
Jamie January 29, 2014 at 12:39 PM
http://www.vistaviewshelton.com/index.html I do not foresee this being a "slum"


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