Attorney Bruce Hill, representing Christopher Gatto of Gatto Development, town Attorney Chris Jarboe and Jeff Wyzynski of Tecton Architects, briefed the Tuesday night with the latest developments in the mixed use development planned for Forest Street.
Wyzynski addressed the issues of lighting in the parking deck, stating that the space would be designed to be warm and inviting with eight skylights, six simulated cove lighting, and 25’ to 30’ LED candles. Lighting along the ceiling and perimeter of covered parking will also be recessed to hide the source of lighting.
Wyzynski also noted that security cameras will be installed in the covered parking area.
At the July Planning and Zoning meeting, the project application included a request for an amendment, which would give the commission authority to to be flexible with building height and squared footage.
“When we first came to you to ask you to address some text amendments to allow for flexibility among building criteria,” said Hill, “those regulations were specific for special permit requirements - that specific language allows us to increase building height only if you make affirmative finding that proposed development will make consistent community development, improves the streetscape and pedestrian experience. I think we have achieved all of them.”
Bill Griffin, owner of 32 Forest, 26 Forest Street and whose father is the owner of 0 Forest Street and 15 Forest Street, was also present and voiced his support of the development.
“I am fully supportive,” said Griffin, “I think we’re on the verge of accomplishing something Christ-Janer dreamed about back in 1988 - having Forest Street as completed street. I want to give you a lot of credit for making this happen. I think this is for the good of New Canaan and Forest Street. I think this is a great project.”
Another aspect of the application details a potential pedestrian walkway from Forest Street to Cherry Street.
The project is still in the application stage and has not received a vote yet.
See the attached PDF for site plans and artistic rendering.