July 4, 2022

Essex Zoning Sets March 19 Hearing on Request to Remove Age Restriction From Bokum Road Cluster Housing

ESSEX— The zoning commission has scheduled a March 19 public hearing on a petition to remove an over-55 age restriction on a planned 55-unit housing complex¬† on Bokum Road that was approved in 2007 but never built.

Essex Glen LLC, the partnership that was the applicant in 2007, has asked the commission to revise the permit for the project, eliminating the description “active adult community”, and a restriction specifying the units would be sold to buyers age 55 or older. The proposed new language refers to a “targeted adult community,” and specifies the residential community would be “targeted for but not limited to” occupancy by persons age 55 or older.

The zoning commission approved permits in 2007 for the 55-unit complex on an 11-acre parcel located on the south side of Bokum Road, east of the Valley Railroad tracks. The parcel is located in a residential life care district, near the Essex Meadows retirement community and health care complex that was built in the 1980s and is now the town’s largest taxpayer

But just over a year after the Glen at Essex project was approved, the nationwide economic crash and recession that began in the fall of 2008 discouraged the partnership from pursuing development of the complex, though the 2007 approval remains in effect. The March 19 public hearing convenes at 7:30 p.m. in town hall.