The Board of Selectmen in Ridgefield, Connecticut denied a development group’s plan for an additional expansion in an age-restricted community this week. Developer Charter Group Partners was not allowed to expand its active adult community on Sunset Lane, which is located on the former Schlumberger property.
The board voted 4-1 against selling another acre of the town-owned lot to Charter Group Partners. The development group purchased the 9.8-acre portion from the town two years ago for $4.3 million and they planned to use the extra acre to build six additional townhome units. Charter Group Partners is currently building nine townhome units and 45 apartment-style coach homes for people aged 55 and older. The developers looked into purchasing more land in order to build additional townhomes and coach homes after the first units sold out quickly.
The townhomes are priced in the mid $700s and offer two-story living with master suites and guest bedrooms on the first floor. The second-floor loft also includes a study and attic space that can be converted into a third bedroom and each unit has a two-car garage. The coach homes, which are priced in the mid $400s, offer two bedrooms and two bathrooms, and they are handicapped-accessible.
The 55+ community will also provide residents with a clubhouse that will have a gathering room, catering kitchen, patio, and fire pit. The town of Ridgefield also has a five-acre plot that was sold for $1.25 million. An assisted living facility and mixed-use apartment building were recently approved for the five-acre plot and two of the three buildings on the 30 remaining acres have been leased out for a cultural center.