Fairfield considering a 94-unit affordable housing project

Officials are considering an affordable housing project near the Merritt Parkway and Hotel Hi-Ho that has residents concerned about factors like parking and the Merritt Parkway Conservancy raising issue with the potential loss of that section of the roadway’s scenic nature. The project, at 4185 Black Rock Turnpike, would include 94 units, with 65 at market rate and 29 considered affordable units. It would be a mix of 26 one-bedroom units and 68 two-bedroom units. The project application is submitted under the state 8-30g statute, which is in place to increase affordable housing but is controversial because it allows developers to circumvent local zoning regulations unless there is a health or safety risk. The project includes one building with four floors of residential housing and a parking deck. About 54 percent of the 2.35 acres will be developed, leaving the remaining acreage as landscape, according to the submitted plans. The project would take about nine to 12 months to build.


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