Bethel couple proposes 30 apartments a ‘short walk away’ from downtown

A Bethel couple wants to build a 30-unit apartment complex on Whitney Road. A public hearing will be held next month. Judy and Frank Saunders are seeking approval from the Planning and Zoning Commission for the development and associated improvements proposed for their property at 17 Whitney Road. After retiring from the excavating business, Saunders said her husband developed a passion for restoring antique Mack trucks and did that on their Whitney Road property until a couple years ago. The couple wants to use the lot to boost economic development and local housing opportunities. The property lies within Bethel’s Transit Oriented Development overlay zone, and Saunders says the proposed development “fits perfectly” with the town’s goals for this kind of development, often referred to as TOD. Bethel’s zoning regulations require 20 percent of planned residential development in the TOD zone to be considered affordable, so six of the units proposed for 17 Whitney Road would be affordable.

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