The proposed project would turn the former Darien Bank into an apartment building

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DARIEN, CT — According to application materials submitted to the Darien Planning and Zoning Commission in February, a proposed project would raze the vacant building at 7 Sedgwick Ave. – the site of a former bank branch – and would construct a new three-story 12,889 square foot apartment building with 40 surface levels of parking spaces below the building, and two floors of apartments above.

The Darien Times reported that the commission is should review the request at its meeting on 10 May.

Each level of the new building would contain four one-bedroom apartments and seven two-bedroom apartments, depending on demand.

Offered apartment sizes range from 794 to 1,324 square feet for one-bedroom units and 1,125 to 1,918 square feet for two-bedroom units, depending on demand.

The plaintiff, 7 Sedgwick Avenue LLC, seeks to amend zoning regulations to increase the maximum floor area for housing in the central business district from 1,000 square feet to 2,000 square feet.

This would “allow larger apartments to meet modern tenant needs,” the app says.

In accordance with Section 580 of the Inclusive Zoning By-law, two of the one-bedroom apartments and two of the two-bedroom apartments would be designated as affordable.

The existing 2,452 square foot building was constructed in 1973 and was used as a retail banking branch until the branch closed a few years ago, based on demand. It is located on the northwest corner of the intersection of Sedgwick Avenue and Old Kings Highway North.

The intersection is a roundabout. A traffic study conducted by SLR submitted with the application said there were two accidents between January 2019 and January 2022.

A stop sign and stop bar is recommended on the southern approach to Old Kings Highway North at Sedgwick Avenue, which would turn the intersection into a full stop.

SLR said the proposed residential development “is expected to generate less travel during peak hours than the bank’s previous use”.

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