‘Real concerns about parking’: Proposal for downtown Bethel apartments faces obstacles

Providing enough parking may be the biggest obstacle facing a proposal for 18 apartments and commercial spaces in the downtown. The plan calls for offering 27 parking spots for an expanded 155 Greenwood Ave. building and four other buildings between Greenwood and School Street. Also proposed is an at least eight-foot pedestrian walkway on the west side of the development. The Planning and Zoning Commission will hold its third public hearing on the project during its virtual meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The developers are still negotiating to purchase the 155 Greenwood Ave. property, which is a doctor’s office, project attorney Peter Olson said. Bethel has encouraged projects like through its transit oriented development plan, which focuses on creating a downtown where people can live and take the train into work or walk to local shops and restaurants. This project meets these goals, one commission member said at the last public hearing.


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