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Brookfield Zoning Commission continues hearing on 'Renaissance' proposal

The Brookfield Zoning Commission continued the public hearing Thursday night on the proposed Renaissance Project.  Their next meeting is mid-April.  The applicant submitted an alternate plan this week reducing the number of floors in the building from six to three.  First Selectman Steve Dunn reviewed the plans and said that the alternate is a better fit along that stretch of Federal Road.
The original plan has not been withdrawn, and is still pending.  Attorney Christopher Smith says the alternate application is no longer an 8-30g affordable housing proposal since they have reduced the number of units in the project.
The original plan does not contain commercial space, the fire department cited safety concerns and other officials said the applicant didn’t take into account what the town has been trying to do for decades in the Four Corners area.   
The alternate plan calls for two three-story buildings instead of one six-story building, with commercial space on the ground level.  A pedestrian bridge would connect the two buildings.  Smith says that was done in order for residents in the second, smaller building to have access to the amenities located in the larger building.

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