Stamford Advocate 1/8/20: A senior living facility will be coming to 210 Long Ridge Road but not without several conditions.
The Zoning Board approved the planned 200-unit assisted living facility at its Tuesday meeting, but asked that the developer build a pedestrian sidewalk on Long Ridge Road and present a landscaping plan before starting any site work.
Last year, TC NE Metro Development Inc. partnered with Allegro Senior Living — who will be the operator of the facility — and proposed a three- and four-story building specifically for people with assisted living needs.
The facility is slated for construction on the eastern half of a 15-acre parcel, bordering Long Ridge Road. The rest of the acreage on the western side along the Rippowam River has little development rights left, meaning it would be untouched.
Ninety-eight independent living units, 87 assisted living units and 15 memory care units are proposed for the project, according to an application filed by the developer.
The facility would also bring in 195 parking spaces spread out through open-air parking spots and a basement garage.
“Any other use of the eight acres, they have to come back to us for approval,” Zoning Board Chairman David Stein said.
The residential project didn’t go without pushback during the approval process.
A number of residents in the area attended previous Planning and Zoning board meetings to voice their concern, particularly about how construction would impact trees and greenery on the parcel where the building is expected to go up. The lot currently sits vacant and has been open space for two decades.
Nearly 200 trees would be cut down, but a similar quantity would be planted as part of a frontage plan for the property, according to Raymond Mazzeo, a project manager with Redniss & Mead, the civil engineering company hired by the developer.
Residents’ concerns resonated with several board members.
“There’s been strong community input as to the size of the building on the property and the frontage,” Zoning Board member Richard Rosenfeld said. The board adopted a condition that the developer present a planting and frontage plan prior to any sitework.
Construction for the senior living facility is expected to take up to two-and-a-half years.