‘Going vertical’: Trumbull apartments next to mall begin to rise

TRUMBULL — The beginnings of a new, 260-unit luxury apartment complex are popping out of what was once a pile of dirt at 5085 Main St.

The address is the future of site of the Residences At Main, the project that broke ground last October, and is now showing signs of progress.

“We are going vertical on our first building,” said Scott Loventhal, of Garden Homes Development, one of the developers on the project. “We hopefully will deliver the first units in spring of 2023.”

Loventhal said the foundation has been completed for one of the five apartment buildings planned for the project. Carpentry on the building is expected to begin within the next 30 days. He said the hope is to have the entire project done in 2024.

The Residences at Main will sit between the Westfield Trumbull mall and the Merritt Parkway, and is about 500 feet from each. The $60 million project was approved by the Planning & Zoning Commission in 2020. The project includes the five apartment buildings and an adjacent management building, Loventhal said.

Trumbull economic and community development director Rina Bakalar said excitement around the project continues to be high.

“I can tell you that we are already receiving inquiries as to when they will begin to lease units,” she said. “The proximity to the mall and to the Merritt Parkway seem to be of interest to potential renters.”

Loventhal said the leasing office won’t be open until after the first of the year, as it doesn’t make sense to open too far in advance of the first units being completed. The complex will consist of one- and two-bedroom apartments. Loventhal said the first building completed will include 60 units.

Now that the foundation on the first building is complete, preparations are beginning for the construction of the next building. Loventhal said the plan is for the buildings to be completed within a few months of one another.

Loventhal said he’s been encouraged by the support the project has received in Trumbull and thinks that the apartment complex is a good fit with the town.

“I think response locally been fairly strong,” he said. “Trumbull has been a pleasure to work with. I think that they are enthusiastic about the project’s prospects.”

The project developers have said the apartments are designed to appeal to “renters by choice” — those who can afford a house but are looking for a small space. Young professionals and empty nesters looking to downsize but remain in Trumbull would be examples of these kinds of renters, Loventhal told the Planning and Zoning Commission during the hearing.

The proximity to the Westfield mall also makes the project appealing, said Leonard Glickman, co-founder of Rose Equities, the other developer on the project.

“We enhance viability of the mall and the mall certainly helps us in terms of proximity,” he said. “I think this is going to be a very forward-thinking contribution to the area of Trumbull.”

Loventhal echoed those thoughts.

“We think our location on Main Street allows us to become part of the fabric of the community,” he said.