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May 21, 2024

Bristol Planning Commission votes to support zone change for condo project

Contributed A three-building, 30-unit condominium complex is proposed on Wolcott Street in Bristol.

The Bristol Planning Commission voted unanimously Monday to recommend to the Zoning Commission that it approve a zone change to allow development of a proposed 30-unit condominium complex.

The application by Crown Estates LLC seeks a change of zone from R-15 single-family residential to A zone for multifamily residential on property located east of Old Wolcott Road and south of Wolcott Street (Route 69).

The project includes four wooded lots — three that border Wolcott Street and a rear lot that in part extends in a narrow band to Old Wolcott Road. Combined, the four lots total 3.89 acres. The site is essentially opposite Bristol Central High School.

According to a presentation by Mark Lauretti, a principal with Crown Estates and owner of Lauretti Construction in Bristol, the project would develop three buildings with a total of 30 units and 83 parking spaces. The proposal did not provide information on how many bedrooms each unit will have.

The complex would be served by a single driveway from Wolcott Street. 

Lauretti noted that Bristol has just five undeveloped A-zoned properties, which combined total 22.19 acres and have the potential to develop a total of 141 housing units. 

According to Lauretti, just 0.1% of Bristol’s 26.8 square miles is currently zoned A.

He also included information in his presentation from the CT Data Collaborative that shows Bristol’s population grew 0.6% from 2010 to 2020, while the number of housing units in the city grew 0.9%. He also highlighted that 55% of the housing units in the city were built before 1970.

Commission members raised no objections to the proposal, and voted unanimously to send a positive referral to the Zoning Commission, which is scheduled to meet on June 10.

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