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March 31, 2023

Vessel eyes 70-unit apartment building in Cheshire 

A sketch of a proposed 70-unit apartment building in Cheshire.

Vessel Technologies, which is proposing multiple apartment buildings throughout Connecticut with “attainable” units, is pitching another project in Cheshire.

Vessel RE Holdings, an affiliate of the New York-based development company, is looking to build a five-story building with 66 one-bedroom units and four two-bedroom apartments on property at 146 Realty Drive off Route 10.

Developers are also applying to the Cheshire Planning and Zoning Commission for a zoning text amendment for a “housing opportunity district,” HOD designation, and to build the complex within that zone.

The area is currently zoned industrial, with companies like Barker Animation and SLR architectural firm nearby.

The HOD designation would allow residential construction in that area as well as the proposed density.

Vessel has a 30-unit building currently under construction in New London. 

Proposals for a 30-unit building in Rocky Hill and a 48-unit building in Glastonbury have recently been denied by those towns’ land use boards. Company founder and CEO Neil Rubler said he intends to adjust those plans and reapply.

Vessel follows a set formula when designing its buildings, using similar architecture and engineering to quickly and efficiently build “attainable” units geared toward middle-income residents who don’t qualify for subsidized housing but for whom luxury or even market-rate rents are out of reach.

A public hearing on the applications is scheduled for April 24. 

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