WALLINGFORD — A local developer received approval Monday night to convert downtown office space to housing units.
The Planning and Zoning Commission approved a change of use application from Vincenzo DiNatale, owner of the building at 350 Center St. DiNatale plans to convert second-floor offices into 10 housing units.
The proposal passed 4-1. Commission Chairman Jim Seichter cast the dissenting vote.
The second floor of 350 Center St., is about 8,100 square feet. The first floor, used as office, retail and restaurant space, is about 5,200 square feet.
The Town Center District, established in August 2018, allows housing at 350 Center St. However, a special permit review was triggered by an existing parking variance granted to 9 N. Main St.
J. Christian’s, 9 N. Main St., J.J. Fishbein Insurance, 21 N. Main St., and 350 Center St. are part of an association, creating one property with one parking area.
“We look at a properties, not individual buildings,” said Town Planner Kacie Hand.
Hand said the intention of the new regulations was to reduce parking requirements.
Under the new regulations, sites need to be brought into compliance with current parking regulations when residential units are added.
The lot size is 38,545 square feet, or .88 acres, and has 50 parking spaces. Residential use requires fewer spots than office use.