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April 13, 2023

Senior housing project pitched for Windsor Locks

Contributed This sketch shows the proposed age-restricted housing development on South Elm Street in Windsor Locks.

A Windsor Locks developer is planning a senior housing complex on a parcel of land near the high school. 

Owner and applicant Gary Merrigan of Windsor Locks-based M&L Development Corp. has gained approval to build 24 residential units at 64 South Elm St., for seniors age 55 and older called The Settlement at 64.

The 3.1-acre development site is primarily vacant land except for one single-family residence.

Plans call for six, one-story apartment buildings with a mix of one- and two-bedroom units, with a decorative gabled half-story above.

The main entrance will be accessed from South Elm Street, roughly 350 feet from the entrance to the high school. The development will have a circular driveway and 58 parking spaces, according to the application.

The development will have a landscaped common area in the center, with sidewalks throughout and access to nearby facilities like the high school and municipal centers.

“It’s a great location,” Merrigan said, “you can walk to the high school and church,” or the public safety center and gathering area.

Windsor Locks First Selectman Paul Harrington said Windsor Locks has a severe housing shortage, including senior housing units, and that this is a much-needed project for the town’s aging population. 

He also praised Merrigan and M&L Development for their quality work spanning several decades on numerous projects around Windsor Locks.

Merrigan said his company built developments like Glenbrook Drive senior condominiums, The Village at Old County, Woodridge of Windsor Locks and the Regina Drive subdivision.

Another senior residential development on Southwest Avenue, Pine Meadow, has had a waiting list for applicants seeking age-restricted units, Merrigan said.

This Elm Street project was originally proposed in 2020 and approved as a 22-unit market rate attached condominium complex before it was appealed and delayed. 

Merrigan said today’s housing market caused him to adjust plans and pitch the age-restricted project on which he hopes to break ground this summer.

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