Danbury allows rehab hospital to cut back on parking as trees are cleared for project on west side

As workers began clearing trees this week to make room for a rehabilitation hospital on one of the last construction sites in the village-size neighborhood known as the Reserve, the city of Danbury gave a parking break to the inpatient facility to prevent “a field of empty asphalt.” During a public hearing Tuesday, Lichtenauer referred to a thickly wooded 34-acre property north of the 1.3-million-square-foot office building known as the Summit and south of two dense condominium developments in the heart of the Reserve. The city’s Zoning Commission gave its unanimous approval for Encompass Heath to provide half the patient parking spaces required in its 2021 approval, after agreeing with the hospital’s reasoning that patients undergoing medical rehabilitation don’t have the same parking needs as outpatients.


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