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Developer seeks changes to Bell Village project in Windsor

  • Developer's rendering of a planned Oliver's Market in Windsor. (TOWN OF WINDSOR)

Developers of a large, mixed-use project in downtown Windsor that includes an Oliver's Market as an anchor tenant are hoping to break ground this spring.

But first they will have to convince the Town Council of a number of modifications, including eliminating 77 very-low-income household units that were a previous condition of approval.

Bell Village, located northeast of the Town Green on the site of the former Windsorland trailer and mobile home park, is one of the largest projects to be proposed in years in Windsor.

The Town Council two years ago approved the 387 multi-family housing units and 83,500 square feet of commercial space on 25 acres between Highway 101 and Old Redwood Highway.

Since then, the developer has been working to bring it to finance and construction phase, according to town planners.

At tonight's Town Council meeting that begins at 6 p.m., the developer, Oakmont Senior Living LLC, will ask for a number of changes, including building the commercial portion first, dropping a proposed pharmacy, and paying in-lieu fees for some of the affordable housing, instead of having to build the dwellings.

None of the changes appear to pose significant further delays for the project.

“I'm pleased to see it coming to the council,” Mayor Bruce Okrepkie said Friday. “It has all the attributes and components we need to make it a good project for the town of Windsor. And it's in a great location.”

“I think it's great for the town, and we'll see if we can make it work,” he said.

Among other things, Bell Village will transform Old Redwood Highway into a complete street with pedestrian and bicycle facilities, a roundabout and reverse angle parking.

“I think the project will move forward,” said Councilwoman Deb Fudge. “It's some of the detail that still needs to be discussed by the council.”

She noted that Bell Village's acreage and number of residences represents roughly twice the size of the downtown that's been built around the Town Green in the past dozen years.

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