The developer wants to transform the former Darien bank into 22 larger than standard apartments with parking on the third floor


DARIEN — A developer is looking to build a three-story, 22-unit apartment building in a vacant bank in downtown Darien’s busiest neighborhood.

An application filed in early February to redevelop a vacant building on Sedgwick Avenue will be heard by the Planning and Zoning Commission at its next meeting on May 10, according to Planning and Zoning Director Jeremy Ginsberg. Meetings start at 7:30 p.m.

The plaintiff, listed as 7 Sedgewick Avenue LLC in project documents filed with the commission, wants to raze the existing bank to build an apartment complex with 22 one- and two-bedroom apartments over two floors. Four of these apartments will be marked as affordable.

The third floor will be a surface-level parking garage with 40 spaces, according to project documents.

A gym, rental office and private rooftop garden will also be included.

7 Sedgewick Avenue is owned by Harold Platz, a longtime local home builder who has worked on several projects in the Greenwich and Fairfield area.

For the project, the developer wants to change the maximum floor area allowed for apartments in the central business district, which encompasses some of the densest streets in Darien and the city center proper. To do this, the commission would need to amend current zoning regulations to allow units up to 2,000 square feet.

“The proposed increase in maximum floor area will allow larger apartments to meet modern tenant needs,” the application states.

Built in 1973 and occupied by a branch of Bank of America until a few years ago, the building — complete with an ATM — still stands on the site, which encompasses just under half an acre. The proposed building will be 12,889 square feet.

Sedgwick Avenue serves as a through route between Post Road and Old King Highway North. Two accidents were reported over a three-year period between January 2019 and January 2022, according to a traffic study submitted with the project.

“The proposed residential development is expected to generate less travel during peak hours than previous bank use,” the study said.

The project follows several other major developments in the city. Redevelopment of the neighboring Corbin district is underway, while plans for the redevelopment of Noroton Heights Shopping Center and 3 Parklands Drive have recently been approved by the commission.

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