Fairfield OKs 5-story mixed use development on Black Rock; contaminated soil still needs cleaned

Zoning commissioners signed off on plans to build a five-story building with 245 apartments, including 30 affordable units, ground-floor retail space and co-working offices for residents at 81 Black Rock Turnpike, tucked between Fairfield Metro Center and the newly opened Elicit Brewing Company location. The zoning approval is a major step forward for the large-scale development, which still faces a state-regulated remediation process to clean up environmental contamination from the old factory at the site. The approval from Fairfield’s Town Plan and Zoning Commission comes more than a year after Fairfield-based developer Post Road Residential introduced its plans in late 2022. The project has since received a $3 million state grant to cover the environmental remediation work — funding that the town and developer are contemplating rejecting due to its legal obligations, which involve more affordability and higher wages during construction.


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