Condo project on former Mystic Color Lab site wins approval

Condo project on former Mystic Color Lab site wins approval

The Westerly Sun

STONINGTON — After years of rejections, a new condominium development won town approved Tuesday for the former Mystic Color Lab site.

The Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved the site plan for Mystic Harbor Landing, a $20 million project proposed by the Greylock Property Group of Mystic for the 5.5 acre site at 2 Harry Austin Drive. The development will comprise 42 residential townhouses located in seven buildings. The exterior of the buildings will be done in a gray vinyl shingle with white trim, considered compatible with the neighborhood architectural style.

The units will range from 750 to 2,500-square-feet, priced in the high $400,000 to low $500,000 range. Each unit will have its own covered garage and the entire complex will have 137 parking spaces, or about 3.3 spaces per unit, which more than exceeds zoning requirements.

The proposed buildings will be less than 40 feet in height and will total 115,000 square feet. Over the past 12 years, a number of projects were proposed for the site. In 2008, two three-story residential buildings, 40 feet in height and comprising 142,000 square feet, were approved but never built. In 2014, Lighthouse Landing, a 55-unit, 162,000-square foot-development with a height of 54 feet high, was rejected.

Mystic Harbor Landing will include an outdoor courtyard that will include a monument commemorating the mill buildings that were previously on the site; some of the bricks salvaged from the old buildings will be used in the signage and other areas, in compliance with the requirements of the Industrial Heritage Reuse District floating zone. But the buildings had deteriorated too far for any portions to he reused.

Because the site is in the federal flood hazard area, it will be filled to 12 feet to raise its level above the floodplain. The site also requires some remediation, including encapsulating petroleum-laden soils.

Ken Navarro and Eric Burns, who are principals at Greylock, said the first step is to close on the property.

“We contracted the property subject to getting the approval and now we’ll proceed to close,” said Navarro, who declined to say how much his group paid for the property. “We’ll get something going on the property in 2018.”

Navarro said his group was dovetailing the project with the Central Hall reconstruction on West Main Street in Mystic.

“We live for the most difficult projects,” Navarro laughed. “We’re local guys and we like to see stuff get done.”

“We’re not necessarily scared of a difficult project, we’re staying with a project for a couple of years to get done,” said land use attorney William Sweeney, of Tobin Carberry O’Malley Riley Selinger in New London, who represented Greylock.


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