Conservancy condominium development OK'd
Site plan review approved for construction of 28-unit project along South Wilson Avenue

By Joe VanDeLaarschot

Aug. 15, 2019

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 residential.

“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 driveway.”

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 projects.