Zemo’s 36 apartments draw support from two

Two voices were raised in support of a pair of apartment buildings with 36 rental units — 11 of them “affordable units” — at public hearings Nov. 7 on two related projects at 86 Governor Street and 62 Prospect Ridge. “One comment on each application that was positive and supportive of bringing in more affordable housing,” Planning and Zoning Commission … read more

Zemo looks to take advantage of affordable housing incentive

Developer Steve Zemo may soon take advantage of a new zoning regulation that incentivizes building affordable housing units in the town’s three business zones. The regulation — passed by the Planning and Zoning Commission Jan. 2 — allows developers to build at a density of 16 units per acre, which enables affordable housing units to be rented at a slightly … read more

Hearing extended to Dec. 19 for affordable housing proposal

How does Ridgefield encourage affordable housing developments while maintaining the town’s sleepy New England charm? That was the question at a public hearing to discuss a proposed “mixed use overlay zone” at the Nov. 21 Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. The hearing was granted an extension to the commission’s Dec. 19 meeting. As Planning and Zoning Chairwoman Rebecca Mucchetti put … read more

Digging starts on assisted living and memory care project

After a $3.2-million land-sale closing, an assisted living facility planned on Old Quarry Road left the drawings-on-paper stage last week and progressed to men in hard hats and big machines at work, digging in the earth. It is the latest of several developments underway on the 45-acre former Schlumberger property, which the town bought for $6 million in 2011 and … read more

Editorial: Unselfish acts

Thanksgiving traditions continue to inspire and encourage good-natured feelings of togetherness around the country, but here in Ridgefield the rituals extend far deeper than pitching in with food and coat drives (of which there are multitudes here in town). Just this week alone, Ridgefield’s Steve Zemo and Emmanuel Lanzo extended free housing to two groups who had been abruptly displaced … read more

Encampment Place family finds shelter after fire thanks to developer Steve Zemo

The family displaced from their home on Encampment Place after a fire Thursday night has accepted an offer from Steve Zemo, a local developer and member of the town’s Board of Selectmen, to rent an apartment for free. “We’re doing this pro-bono until they can catch their breath, and figure out the insurance,” Zemo told The Press Friday afternoon. He’s … read more

‘Increased use’ slows down Old Quarry projects

Traffic, medical waste, and overdevelopment were some of the concerns raised during Tuesday night’s public hearing for a proposed assisted living facility and mixed-use building at 55 Old Quarry Road. The five-acre property, owned by Selectman Steve Zemo, is being subdivided to create Old Quarry Commons — a self-storage building with eight two-bedroom apartments on the second floor — on … read more

Apartments: Demand for cheaper rentals is growing

Renting apartments in Ridgefield isn’t cheap. With 19 units available at an average list price of $2,390 a month for a two-bedroom and $1,600 for a one-bedroom, two groups of the renters — millennials, who are new to the workforce, and retired seniors — are being priced out. The Ridgefield Housing Authority has 151 Section 8-30g affordable housing units, but … read more

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