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Model Of "Village On The Thames" Development Unveiled

River Bank Construction gives three-dimensional representation of townhouse project proposed for Fort Trumbull

River Bank Construction unveiled a model Thursday to portray the proposed “Village on the Thames” residential development at Fort Trumbull.

The development would place 99 residential units in 70 Greek Revival and Italianate buildings on four lots at the peninsula formerly occupied by the Navy Underwater Sound Laboratory. The residences would hold about 180 people at full occupancy.

Robert Stillman, a principal with River Bank Construction of Westport, said the model allows stakeholders, the public, and potential residents how the buildings would appear in comparison to the surrounding area. He said the orientation of the buildings attempts to maximize the views of the water and .

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The model was constructed by six college students or recent graduates. It measures eight feet by five feet and took over 2,000 hours to complete.

“I’ll now invite you to judge for yourself the quality of their work and New London’s new Village on the Thames,” said Stillman.

Prior to the unveiling, Stillman discussed some aspects of the development. He said it features about 90,000 square feet of green space as well as several environmental-friendly features such as rain gardens, exterior LED lights, and the minimal use of asphalt parking areas. The village would also have a 4,200 square foot clubhouse, which would include a fitness center, lounge, reading room, dining room, and the sales and leasing management office.

Stillman said the company is nearing the end of the design process and expects to apply for financing within the next couple of weeks. River Bank Construction is seeking approximately $17 million.

“Once we have the construction loan and commitment, we’ll proceed to build it as soon as possible,” he said.

Last year, the City Council for the project. River Bank Construction made the request, with tax exemptions granted to homeowners over the course of seven years in the case of sales and to River Bank over the course of five years for renters. The company said the abatement will be an incentive to attract homeowners, and that it intends to transition the village to be fully owner-occupied after an initial phase offering rentals. Stillman said the rental cost for an average two-bedroom unit will be $1,600 per month.

At a meeting of the Renaissance City Development Association prior to the unveiling, Fort Trumbull consultant John Brooks said the idea of building a marina at the site has been scrapped. Brooks said this was deemed infeasible due to potential parking and support issues with the potential hotel or national Coast Guard museum suggested among development proposals in the .

Brooks said River Bank will instead seek authorization to put in a small mooring field of 10 to 20 spots off the shore of Fort Trumbull. This would also include a dinghy dock, which could be a landing site for a Thames River water taxi.

Mayor Daryl Finizio said he supported the Village on the Thames proposal and considered it a symbol of improvements to Fort Trumbull and the city as a whole.

“We’re here to help, and we believe in this project. And we believe in Mr. Stillman,” he said.

River Bank expects to break ground on the project prior by March.

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Sue P. July 21, 2012 at 03:25 AM
Thomas, I hope you live in New London because we so much need your common sense . You thought I was complaining a while ago now you can see I am not complaining anymore but now begging people to come to their senses just like you are.
Douglas Brown July 26, 2012 at 03:25 AM
I Worked in the Fort That land deserves more than the potential for a drug infested, run-down bunch of tenaments owned by non-residents who don't give a hoot. Too much was given up. It needs a grocer, a barber, a hairdresser, a hardware store, a police station, a cafe, and so many other things to make it a "Village". Of course that will not maximize profits for the builder. This "village" will attrach nobody except the wealthy who want a summer home, poor people who have figured out how to cheat the system so that the city, state and federal subsidies will be sufficient to pay the rent. With an eye toward 'bettering' this area, the target was missed completely. The Lab should have stayed [ a political payoff], and sensible restructuring of the neighborhood accomplished through a proper city plan, slowly and methodically. In case you haven't guessed by now, I don't like the plan at all. Congratulations to the students for making a scale model of what the desighners gave them. It is a lesson in the value of a scale model. There are many who cannot visualize what a blueprint means. Doug
Doc Halliday July 26, 2012 at 10:59 AM
To the New London city leaders and proponents of this project: READ these messages and the will of the people. It appears the consensus is NO GO with the Fort Trumble project as you have it planned. City leaders, find out what is in the best interest of the citizens of N.L., what THEY desire the property to be, LISTEN to the people. Who can afford rents as you have projected, property taxes that you plan to earn on this property. November is coming.
susan peck July 26, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Ugly! Ugly! Ugly! No vision...just bucks! Start with the Chelsea Piers Model on The Husdon River in New York City and you will have something for everyone to utilize, residential competition from real estate developers and a financial bonanza for the city and tax payers. Surprised that the mayor ok'd a project such as this!
Daniella Ruiz October 05, 2012 at 11:50 PM
speaking of sinking, does this elevation consider the increasing sea levels and expected 100 year hurricane surge levels? also, where will they be installing the gates to this exclusive ritzo neighbor hood? and, will there be public access to the northerly water boundary so the beeeeeeyooteeeful New London anchorage area and waterfront will still be enjoyed by one and all? that alone is a Million dollar view. will those people that rent be offended by 'some odors' and the quaint whiff of fish bait in barrels from the nearby pier? (did you notice, i did NOT mention the SEWER PLANT!, ooops, i guess i just did!)

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