Apartment complex proposed across from EB

New London

Just look along the roads surrounding the Electric Boat campus and you can see how much the company has expanded.

Cars fill every spot along the roads at Fort Trumbull and the shipbuilder has also started to reserve spots in the parking lot of the former Stash’s Cafe. One developer would like to build an apartment complex there, which would be right across the street from Electric Boat.

“We all start very early because parking limitations around here so if you could sleep in a couple extra hours why not,” said Electric Boat employee Amanda Fagan. 

Living this close to work isn’t for Fagan, but it may be for others. That’s what developers building new apartment complexes in New London are counting on.

On nearby Bank Street, A.R. Building Company is constructing a new 98-unit apartment complex. It had already built an apartment complex at 60 Mansfield Road which is more than 90 percent full.

Related: Electric Boat says employment should remain stable

“There’s a young crowd in this town,” said Fagan. “There’s certainly a lot of bars, entertainment, night life so I could see the young employees being interested in that sure.”

“There’s a lot of development going on in New London. Just kind of riding the cusp of that,” said Jennifer Chiappone with Thamesport Marina.

The marina owns the former Stash’s Cafe property and along with another developer it is proposing to build a 5 story 50 unit apartment building there.

It will need special permit and coastal site plan approval.

Chiappone says the expansion happening at Electric Boat makes the former cafe property even more valuable. “Absolutely it’s kind of a built in clientele just across the street so it makes sense,” said Chiappone.

On Thursday the Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing on the proposal.

This comes after the commission, in September, approved special permits which would allow residential development on commercial waterfront property.

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