A zone change is being proposed for the formed St. Elizabeth’s Church site on Burban Drive that would allow an increase in density for housing on the property.
The requested change by a developer would see the site’s zoning designation change from an R-4 to an R-1. Under current zoning each lot would need to be at least 20,000 square feet, with 40’ front yards and 50’ rear yards.
Under the proposed R-1 designation, each site would need to be only 6,000 square feet, with 15’ front yards and 20’ rear yards.
Based on the change, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) analysis that the number of homes that could be built would go from a possible 21 to 72.
Applicants did not file a detailed drawing of a specific use of the site, but did present a preliminary plan to Planning and Zoning earlier this year. Developer Michael Massimino and engineer John Mancini of BL Companies made the presentation to the Commission.
In that proposal, the current vacant church was taken down and 55 single family homes were built. Also included was a transformation of the current monastery, which will use its unique shape to create 50, 1-bedroom units. The units vary in size between 437 square feet and 845 square feet. 34 of these are on the first level, 16 would be on a second floor.
Finally, in the proposal made in March, two 4-story structures were built and located behind the monastery. The structures would feature parking on the ground level and total 60 units; 36 1-bedroom and 24 2-bedroom.
In total, the initial plan presented in March would see 165 units on the property.
However, the new filing, with the same applicant, does not include details of the plan, but rather simply requests a zone change.
The property had been on the market since 2017, then the church was closed. In April of this year, the property was sold for $900,000 to an entity, 65-99 Burban Assocociates LLC.
The Planning and Zoning Commission has set a public hearing on the proposed zone change for its November 21 meeting at the Branford firehouse.