A new residential development is being planned in the current Days Inn site, creating 6,000 square feet of retail and approximately 143 residential units.
The current site includes the Days Inn and Key Bank, and previously included Chucks Margaritaville. Key Bank has had plans to close the location.
The project, on a site of 6.5 acres, is being purchased and developed by Bob Smith and MetroStar, a company known for high end residential apartments and amenities. MetroStar previously applied for a development at Atlantic Wharf, which was approved, but is held up in a legal battle between private parties.
It is of note that the current structure at 356 Main, where a Chinese take out restaurant, a florist and other small businesses, will remain in place.
All of the retail would be along route 1, and the residential units would be studio, one and two bedroom units.
Due to some wetlands impacts, approval from Inland wetlands would be needed. According to Smith, the site is clean, and there are no environmental issues.
Smith described the design as “a Connecticut coastal interpretation of a Georgian type architecture.” The design is similar to a design recently completed in a medial office park on route 1 in Guilford.
The plan is to have an open green area in the center with a clubhouse with a lounge and business center, and a “significant size gym” along with a golf simulator, yoga, and more.
For Smiths developments, there is often a focus on amenities, something highly sought after by professional renters.
The hearing was preliminary, and generally done to garner the initial reaction by the Planning and Zoning Commission. Overall, the members present were extremely favorable, recognizing the need, the location near an exit, and the improvement of a sight in need of an upgrade.
Smith did not give an exact timeline for a formal application.