MYSTIC — A neighbor in a small business plaza near the former Mystic Color Lab building on Masons Island Road and Harry Austin Drive wondered aloud, “What’s with the red balloons” floating above the site Thursday morning.
The site’s developer explained the weather-type, helium-filled red and black balloons sent aloft were positioned to demonstrate the heights of the proposed condo buildings slated for the location, once a razor factory before becoming the photographic supply shop it was for many years.
“It’s a way to show people, for people to to get a sense of the height,” said Thomas F. McDevitt of Edgewood Mac LLC, the project developer. “We’re in the final stages. We have all the sign-offs except the Planning and Zoning Commission. That’s where we are. Almost there.”
McDevitt said the project has been reviewed by, and received approvals from, the town Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission, the Architectural Commission and the Conservation Commission as well as the state Department of Energy and Environmental Management. While the developer already had a PZC approval for a two-building, 55-unit plan, its newest and current proposal includes a four-building design.
The first part of the developer’s final presentation before the PZC was made in July with the second and final slated for the PZC’s Aug. 19 session. McDevitt said 3-D views of the proposed $15 million Lighthouse Landing condo project will be shared then.
“It’s a long process, but an important one,” McDevitt said. And an equally important project for the community, he added.
“It was a derelict factory on a polluted site,” he said. “Our plan is a good one and that’s why we’re investing several million dollars. It’s a positive economic contribution to the town.”
The 5.5-acre site will house four residential buildings containing a central courtyard with pool and cabana. Each building will include a first-floor parking garage and then three additional stories, some units with loft space. Three buildings will have 15 units and one will have 10 units. The entire plan calls for New England-type architecture with large windows, balconies.