Monroe approval clears way for apartments on Trumbull line

Concept art of "Gateway Commons" provided to Trumbull's planning and zoning department.

Concept art of "Gateway Commons" provided to Trumbull's planning and zoning department.

Town of Trumbull

MONROE — Developers have received final go-ahead for a planned 57-unit apartment complex on Route 25 straddling the Trumbull-Monroe border.

The Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously to approve the three-story development on 7180 and 7192 Main St.. The site is a little less than half a mile from the intersection with Spring Hill Road and the Amazon distribution center.

About 80 percent of units would be one-bedroom, a total that includes a few loft-style apartments. Others include studio and two-bedroom apartments. 

The planned development, called Gateway Commons, will contain 198 parking spaces, shared between both residents and customers. Its first floor will house either retail or restaurant space. It will also have an exercise room and work space for residents. The basement will contain an office and storage area. 

The project had already been approved by the Trumbull Planning & Zoning Commission last month. That approval included a requirement for developers to accept any requests from the town planner to adjust the project’s landscape plan. Trumbull planning officials also required 10 percent of parking spaces to include electric vehicle charging stations.

In Monroe, commission members presented a list of comments shortly before voting in favor of the plan. Among them was a push for a school bus stop in front of the development and a crosswalk for students. Commission members also called for school superintendents for Monroe and Trumbull to determine how to accommodate any school-aged children living in the apartments. 

An attorney representing the developers previously said children would enroll in schools corresponding with whether they live in a unit located in Monroe or Trumbull.

Monroe planning officials also expressed support for goals to connect the planned development to the nearby "Rails-to-Trails" walking and biking path along the Pequonnock River in Monroe. 

Current plans don’t give residents direct access to the trail, but developers want to build sidewalks in front of the proposed building, while expecting a future owner of the neighboring property in Monroe to install sidewalks, too.

“They would like to provide another trail system internally,” said Rick Schultz, Monroe’s town planner who presented the list of comments. “That will require a lot more thought and work, but it is worthy to achieve that goal.”