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Friday, April 20 News

New building pitched for growing Fairfield Metro area

FAIRFIELD — The developer of the town’s first mixed used, transit-oriented development wants to do it again.

Abbey Road Fairfield, the principal in 1375 Kings Highway, LLC, has submitted an application for a project at the corner of Kings Highway and Ash Creek Boulevard that would include 160 apartment units, street-level retail, and a parking garage. Abbey Road was one of the developers of Trademark Fairfield, an apartment complex adjacent to this site.

A Town Plan and Zoning Commission hearing date has not yet been set.

According to the statement of intent submitted by attorney William Fitzpatrick, the developers want the project designated as a transit oriented development park. The site sits next to the Fairfield Metro Train Station, and plans include amenities for daily commuters who walk or bike to the station from surrounding neighborhoods.

The project site is 4.66 acres and is made up of five different parcels, and includes existing office buildings at 777 Commerce Drive and 1375 Kings Highway. Another building at 1383 Kings Highway will be demolished.

“Like its predecessor, the Trademark Building, located at 665 Commerce Drive, this project will carry the streetscape and sidewalk improvements down Commerce Drive and around the corner to Kings Highway and all the way to Ash Creek Boulevard,” according to Fitzpatrick. “These improvements will include decorative street lighting, fewer curb cuts, public benches and bike racks, improved landscaping and street-level retail offerings.”

The developers expect the apartments will draw tenants from current Fairfield residents, including young professionals, empty nesters, and those who use Metro North to commute to work.

Right now, according to the application, “hundreds” of people walk and bike through the parking lots of 777 Commerce Drive and 1375 Kings Highway, to access the train station. When this project is done, it will “channel pedestrian and bike traffic through the project to the train station in a convenient and safe manner via a series of sidewalks and plazas.”

Because it is a transit oriented application, 10 percent of the units are required to be set aside as affordable, just as was done at the Trademark.

The apartments themselves will ring the exterior perimeter of the 483-space parking garage.

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