standing Stonington Town Hall

STONINGTON — The town’s Planning & Zoning Commission will seek to address proposed zoning changes for the Smiler’s Wharf project on the Mystic River on Tuesday evening when the commission meets at Mystic Middle School.

Harry Boardsen, general manager of Noank Shipyard Incorporated, which owns the property, said his company will be making a public presentation regarding the project in front during the meeting. The commission may also vote on the zoning application that evening, he said.

The proposed plan includes a boardwalk, hotel, apartments, restaurants and a new boat basin at the11.5-acre site at 2 Washington St. in Mystic. If the project is approved, the components would be phased in over the next five years.

An application has been filed at the Stonington Town Hall for a zoning change for the project, from MC-80, or Marine Commercial, to NDD, or Neighborhood Development District, according to Jason Vincent, Stonington director of planning.

The zone change will also include a “floating zone,” which defines the area’s use, and can only be used in conjunction with a master plan.

The Planning & Zoning Commission is required to conduct a public hearing in order to create a master plan for the project, he said.

Boardsen said Noank Shipyard has been working on the project for about 8 years.

“We feel it’s a very appropriate and professional development, and we’re looking forward to Tuesday night,” he said.

The public is invited to join and are welcome to make statements or ask questions regarding the applicant’s overview of the proposed mixed-use waterfront development.

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