GROTON, CT — Plans call for a Groton senior housing complex to be demolished to make way for new dwelling units.

Grasso Gardens is on two lots owned by the Groton Housing Authority. One of the lots was developed in the 1970s as “housing for the elderly,” according to town documents. The other lot was acquired in the 1980s and additional units were constructed, bringing the total number to 70.

The Groton Housing Authority proposes to demolish all 70 units as well as a community center and accessory buildings on the property. In its place would be three new three-story buildings with 24 units and 13 additional buildings with one-bedroom units.

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The work will be completed in four phases and will result in 90 new dwelling units, according to an application filed with the town. Sixty of the units will have private decks. The new housing plan will serve the same population of older and disabled adults, according to Director of Planning and Development Services Jonathan Reiner.

The project includes a total of 143 parking spaces, along with site improvements like new lighting, stormwater management, and new water and sewer mains.

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Residents living in the buildings that will be demolished will be moved to vacant units either at Grasso Gardens or Pequot Village on Poquonnock Road.

Site plans for Grasso Gardens at 10 Governor’s Circle were approved at the Planning & Zoning Commission meeting March 12, Reiner said.

A wetlands permit was granted for the project last month.

The Housing Authority anticipates that the project will take four years to complete.

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