NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk Zoning Commissioners unanimously approved the proposed Washington Village redevelopment Wednesday, noting that expensive infrastructure improvements would need to be made if the project gets funding.
Norwalk will need to raise the grade at the intersection of Raymond and Day Streets and extend Day Street as a one-way street if Trinity Financial is successful in getting the money it needs for the project, which has been developed in conjunction with the Norwalk Housing Authority. The street improvements are required because the project will be built in a flood plain.
Commissioner Mike Mushak was the only one to comment extensively before the vote, which followed a public hearing in December.
Mushak said the project fulfills the concepts of flood resilient design.
“In flood zones where land is valuable and you are in an urban environment, you can’t just stop development in a flood zone,” he said, explaining his reasons for voting for what has been for some people a controversial project.
Trinity is seeking a $30 million Choice Neighborhoods grant from the Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The project would be built in three phases, which would expand over five to 10 years. The total transformation plan will cost well over an estimated $100 million.
Washington Village residents are expected to move into Phase I. Their current homes would then be demolished to make room for Phases II and III.
Zoning Commissioners Linda Kruk and Joe Santo were not present for the vote.