FAIRFIELD, CT — A new affordable housing development is planned for northeast Fairfield, although some residents worry the project could create traffic problems in the area.

The proposal for 2-6 Beacon Square would replace two duplexes on the roughly 36,000-square-foot property with 26 townhome-style units, eight of which would be set aside as affordable.

“This project started as a much bigger project,” said architect Phil Cerrone, representing developer Beacon Square Properties LLC at a public hearing Tuesday before Fairfield’s Town Plan and Zoning Commission, which is considering a zoning compliance application for the site.

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The developer wanted to build something that fit in with the neighborhood “as best as it could,” Cerrone said, noting the property’s proximity to the Pine Tree senior housing complex. The new units would be spread across three buildings and would range in size from 780-1,800 square feet. Each would have a first-floor single-car garage plus two additional stories of living space and be about 30 feet tall. Another six parking spots would also be available in the development.

“We’re not taller than we would be allowed to build by the zoning regulations,” Cerrone said. “There are basically 26 single-family homes.”

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The developer’s attorney, John Fallon, predicted the units would be occupied by single people, empty nesters and members of the workforce such as firefighters and teachers.

The zoning application was made under state law Section 8-30g, which applies to towns where less than 10 percent of housing stock meets the criteria to be recognized as affordable. Under the law, the only way Fairfield can avoid approving housing proposals consisting of at least 30 percent affordable units is by proving a project poses a threat to public health, welfare and safety that outweighs the need for affordable housing.

Residents and at least one commission member had concerns during Tuesday’s hearing, held via Webex, about parking and traffic.

“The area’s too dense already,” said Paula Gallo, who lives on nearby Beacon View Drive. “Cars fly down the street.”

If the development were to move forward, a small building at 1-3 Beacon Square would remain.

“There is no adequate parking as it is right now,” said Mary Ann Greco, executrix of 3 Beacon Square. “To put that there with 1-3 Beacon Square being a ranch on the opposite side, I would really like to see what all of it looks like.”

The project would add 13 vehicles to the roads during the morning peak traffic hour and 19 in the afternoon peak, according to traffic engineer Michael Galante.

“It has minimal impact on the area roads,” Galante said, although he did recommend adding a stop sign at the Beacon Square exit.

The commission is expected to vote on the application Jan. 11.

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