Flanagan's landing proposal heard

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Fri., Feb. 15, 2013
This conceptual site plan shows what the Flanagan's Landing complex might look like when completed. Image courtesy of Lexington Partners. - Contributed Photo

At a joint public hearing of the Glastonbury Town Council and Planning and Zoning Commission on Feb. 12, the bodies heard a proposal for Flanagan's Landing – a development off of New London Turnpike that would incorporate 250 apartment units in five buildings, 8,000 feet of retail space and a renovation of 31.7 acres of land on four adjacent parcels.

Attorney Peter Alter, representing the developer Lexington Partners, of which Marty Kenny is principal owner, said that this is the first step in a long process that would hinge on the town to changing the parcel's zoning from Planned Commerce to an Adaptive Redevelopment Zone. The plan would also leave much of the collective parcel as open space.

Alter said the project will result in the appropriate re-use of the former mill building on New London Turnpike and is in accordance with the town's Plan of Conservation and Development, as well as the plan for the town center.

Alter said the site will also incorporate a restaurant, provide local employment opportunities and tax revenue for the town.

“We are presented with an opportunity here to put a piece of property to use, exactly as the planners have designated it, and to the benefit of the entire community,” Alter said.

Residents had some concerns about the project.

Roger Emerick said the town doesn't need another development such as this one. “We're adding people, cars, traffic,” he said. “We're taking away forest land. It doesn't improve Glastonbury, in my opinion.”

Cindy DiLorenzo, from the neighboring Rock Haven condominium complex, said her concern is the impact of increased traffic. “We have issues with people coming through, because our road goes through to Hubbard [Street],” DiLorenzo said, adding that other residents of her complex are concerned about the impact on the nearby brook.

A traffic study has been done and the results are still being reviewed, Alter said, adding that the driveway through the development is designed with several curves to deter traffic cutting through from Krieger Lane.

Planning and Zoning members asked about the residential units, which are all planned to be leased units, including studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units.

Alter said the final plan may be changed, but the market research indicates the correct mix of sizes.

More public hearings on the development are anticipated in the future.

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