The Brookfield Zoning Commission is holding a public hearing tonight about a proposal to allow apartments on the second floor of a commercial building on Federal Road. The building near Candlewood Lake Road has a Sprint Store, salon and massage parlor on the first floor.
The proposal calls for 9 one-bedroom units on the second floor, which has been vacant for more than a decade.
Applicant Bob Hussain says three of the units would be considered affordable housing so he could apply to be part of the state's 8-30g program, which means the project could only be denied by the Zoning Commission for health or safety reasons.
The Zoning Commission is meeting at 7 o'clock tonight in Room 133 of Brookfield Town Hall.
The Newstimes reports that Hussain and the town recently ended a legal fight over back taxes. Brookfield acquired the land a parking lot sits on from the state. Deed restrictions said the parcel could only be used for recreational purposes. When the town and Hussain found that out, he reportedly stopped paying rent.
The matter went to court and the published report says Hussain agreed to pay Brookfield $146,000 in back rent and legal fees. The town will pay the state $244,500 to lift the deed restrictions.