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November 17, 2022

Berlin Bungalows planned for former motel site

Contributed A sketch of the Berlin Bungalows, 1676 Berlin Turnpike, Berlin

A local developer is seeking site plan approval and a special permit to build multifamily rental units at the location of a former motel along the Berlin Turnpike. 

Patrick T. Snow, owner, applicant and developer with Little House Living LLC, is looking to build The Berlin Bungalows at 1676 Berlin Turnpike in a new zone that was created just about a year ago.

The plans call for 18 residential units, with 20% affordable, throughout a combination of single-unit and duplex buildings, along with a management office and community building, parking and other site improvements on the 1.95-acre property. 

This was the site of a former motel on the southbound side of the Berlin Turnpike, north of Meadow Lane, with eight individual motel units and two larger buildings that were all demolished.

The Planning and Zoning Commission in May 2021 approved a zoning amendment for planned residential infill development, which took effect Nov. 16, 2021.

The zone change seeks “to provide an economic incentive for the redevelopment of existing motel properties, which are considered inefficient and under-performing by contemporary land use standards.”

The zone allows for buildings up to 2.5 stories high and units ranging from 500 to 1,000 square feet per unit. 

Commission members could take action on the application and special permit at their meeting tonight. The special permit is required because of the special zone. 

The applicant, following previous public hearings, responded to comments and concerns by increasing setback buffers along the south and west, allowing for rear outdoor space for the units. 

Parking requirements call for two spaces per unit, with a combination of garages and driveway spaces, along with six additional spaces on-site. 

The development also features a garden area and dog park space.

The plan is in line with the town’s Plan of Conservation and Development, which states in part that “the town shall work to preserve the current balance of housing stock while infusing any new growth with a sense of traditional neighborhood design, compatibility with adjacent uses, and ownership options that support housing choice for people of diverse ages and means." 


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