Glenville could get 16-unit apartment building to meet 'unsatisfied demand' for rentals in Greenwich

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GREENWICH — Further changes could be coming to downtown's ever-evolving Glenville neighborhood.

Developers who previously renovated the Mill complex along the Byram River and added new housing units there are now proposing to build 16 residential units at 6 Glenville St., next to a structure known as “the Mansion.”

The proposed apartment would be "clearly filling a need in the rental housing market," said attorney John Tesei, in the application filed with the town Planning Department last week. Tesei noted that the apartment units developed at the Mill complex had been scooped up quickly.

The developers at the Mill site, Steve Schacter and Eric Schwartz, "have taken note of the need in the market for rentals," and construction of 16 units would help meet "unsatisfied demand," according to Tesei.

The structure at 6 Glenville St. was built in 1900 and houses office space. It would remain at the site, and the proposed construction would be built alongside it on the same lot, according to the application. The proposed two-and-a half-story structure would resemble the Mansion in its architectural style, according to renderings submitted with the application. The project would meet all the necessary parking requirements, the developers say, with 18 spots.

The proposal would see two three-bedroom units, six two-bedroom units, six one-bedroom units and two studio units in the building. There would also be a gym in the building, measuring 23,432 square feet.

The Mill complex began as a felt factory in the late 1800s. The developers renovated the old factory and created 26 units in the old building, and an additional 33 units were created in a 1981 office building there. The commercial and restaurant space was also revised. The goal, Schacter noted when the Mill renovation project was underway, was "targeting millennials who are transitioning from New York City or working in the area.'"

The application, which is in the preliminary stages and not yet formalized, has not yet been scheduled for review by the Planning & Zoning Commission.