Derby Mixed-Use Housing
Plans are moving forward in Derby with a proposal that would bring new life into the south side of the downtown area. During the Planning and Zoning Commission’s October 18th meeting, the commission unanimously approved making the south side of Main Street, where the nearly-vacant Factory Street is, into a planned development district, clearing the way for the development in downtown Derby.
The commission’s approved text amendment is allowing a developer, Derby Downtown, LLC, to propose their $400 million project. Derby Downtown, LLC’s conceptual plan includes four-story buildings with a total of 400 apartments as well as shops, restaurants and residential services on the first floor of each building. Approximately 100 units will be built in each phase over the next 4-6 years.
City officials have expressed hope that this project, if approved, will be the catalyst for future development on the south side of Main Street, and jumpstart the local economy and redevelopment throughout the central downtown district of Derby, an economically distressed city.