HARTFORD — Construction of new
housing in the city continues to boom.
A 28-unit condominium project to be built along Wilson Avenue near
Lee Road has received the go-ahead from both the city’s Common
Council and Plan Commission.
After the commission approved the site plan Monday night, the
council gave its stamp of approval Tuesday night so construction can
begin soon on the Conservancy Condominiums on property at 13291345
S. Wilson Ave.
The project is to be completed by Greg and Brad James of Condo
Development, LLC, which have successfully developed similar senior
living condo projects in the city over the last several years.
The national recession around 2008 prevented another project
proposed by another developer from reaching fruition. That plan
called for construction of two multi-family buildings with 24 units
each. Each building would have been three stories tall with
underground parking. That land was eventually taken over by the
lender and later sold to the James’ development company. The city
earlier approved a petition for the property to rezone 2.28 acres of
the land from Rm-3 multifamily residential to Rd-2 two-family
“In 2017 Condo Development, LLC submitted a concept plan for eight
four-family buildings on the property with a private driveway that
was approved by the Plan Commission,” said City Planner Justin Drew.
“They are now working on a modified plan with three four-family
buildings and eight two-family buildings with the same private
The adopted Smart Growth Plan identifies the project area for medium
density residential development (5-8-8 units per acre). The area to
the north is identified as conservancy and is not intended to be
developed. The density proposed for this development would be 7.6
units per acre and within the permitted density range.
Greg James told the Common Council Tuesday night that his company
already has 10 of the 28 units presold.
“Eighty percent of the condos are limited to people age 55 and up.
Twenty percent can be sold to people under age 55,” James said.
“We’d like to be able to start construction already next month on
the pre-sold units.”
The development property abuts on three sides to wetlands and on the
fourth side with South Wilson Avenue.
James said it’s likely if construction is started soon the units
could be completed by next spring. Condo Development, LLC, already
has successfully developed the Hartford Square and Hartford Square-2