Developer proposes more units, smaller footprint for Greenwich assisted living facility after P&Z criticism


GREENWICH – Plans for a large assisted living facility in central Greenwich have been resubmitted to the Planning and Zoning Commission with more green space and more underground construction.

The latest version of the Ambassador at Greenwich, planned for construction on Old Track Road, plans a three-and-a-half-storey building with 134 residential units, similar to previous versions, but with significantly more tree plantings and fewer paved areas.

The Planning and Zoning Commission late last year approved a zoning enactment amendment for a “managed residential community overlay zone” for assisted living. The overlay area is intended to create maximum green space for the aged care facility on Old Track Road and other similar ones that may be developed.

The current version of the assisted living facility plan would plant 300 trees on the former vehicle storage lot in what was once a largely industrial and commercial section of town. The development team, Renamba Greenwich and developer Amba Sharma, acquired the site in September 2019, and the Planning and Zoning Commission has been reviewing the proposal for almost two years.

In submitting the final request, attorney Bruce Cohen wrote that the facility would fill a need.

“As the percentage of Greenwich’s senior population has grown over the past decade, so too has the demand for a variety of senior housing options, particularly for assisted living facilities and full care communities,” he said in the summary of the proposal.

The facility’s parking lot near the Metro-North Railroad tracks would be built underground to free up space for more greenery. The structure, measuring 98,237 square feet, would contain a performing arts center, wellness center, lounge and library, among other amenities.

Forty workers would work at the facility from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., with fewer staff on site at other times of the day. The 80 spaces would be enough to meet the need for parking, developers say, and a shuttle would also be in operation to pick up workers using public transport to and from central Greenwich.

The developers also built an assisted living facility in Scarsdale, NY called The Ambassador. The same name and concept would be used in Greenwich, they said.

When it was first proposed in 2020, planning commissioners were concerned about the bulk of the scheme, with planning chairwoman Margarita Alban wondering if the structure was “too big”. A long series of revisions followed.

The current application, filed in late May, has not yet been scheduled for a meeting before the Planning and Zoning Commission.

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