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Danbury Zoners clear path for Danbury Career Academy with site plan revision approval

Site plan changes have been approved for a development in Danbury, clearing a hurdle for creation of the Danbury Career Academy.  The Danbury Zoning Commission signed off on revisions to The Summit's application to reduce the number of apartments in the former Matrix Center to a minimum of 180.  A City-run public school, serving 1,400 middle and high school students, could be located in three of the pods. 

The Zoners did include a provision that if plans for the school fall through. SC Ridge can revert back to the previously approved 404 residential units. 

The approval followed a site visit by some members of the Commission.  The pods on the right side of the building are to be office space and the pods on the left side are where the residential units and the Career Academy will be located. All visitors to the site will enter through the north side of the building and exit through the south side.

The school area will not have access to the residential unit amenities including a health club, a dry cleaner, a barber, a beauty salon, a yoga studio, and kitchen facilities operated by the Market Place restaurant.  Market Place will be opening a restaurant and coffee bar in an area by the main lobby.  A convenience store will also be in that area.  Access to the residential units will be by card-access only.  

Other plans for the site include a Danbury Police substation and space dedicated to emergency response services.  Developers hope to have an ambulance located on the premises during the daytime hours.

The Nuvance offices at the site are already in use.  There's an existing ballroom and executive boardrooms at the Matrix Center.  In addition to existing walking paths, plans call for a putting area for golfers, and bocce courts. 

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Jim Bohannon

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