Heirloom Flats A Reality In Bloomfield

More than three years after the announcement that a developer planned to build a five-story apartment complex near the center of town, the Heirloom Flats have opened.

The four-sided, 215-unit apartment complex wedged between Bloomfield and Jerome avenues just south of town hall welcomed its first tenant on Wednesday and eight more have signed leases for the upscale dwellings.

The complex features a great room with a fireplace at the main entrance opening out into an enclosed courtyard that boasts a three-season swimming pool, “grill-zebo” outdoor covered kitchen, movie screen and fire pit.

On the west side of the pet-friendly building, tenants will find a large state-of-the-art gymnasium, Peloton Cycle studio, yoga center, simulated golf room and dog-washing station.

Justine Nolletti, a regional sales and marketing representative for the Bozzuto Group, said Thursday that 39 units have been completed and she expects the rest will be done by spring.

Town officials applauded the planned development, which resulted in the demolition of 10 houses that the developer bought in order to make room for the project, when it was proposed in 2014.

Then-town planner, Thom Hooper, said the development fit perfectly with the town’s plan of conservation and development, which called for apartment-style housing to increase population density downtown and result in increased and much-needed economic development in and around the Wintonbury Mall.

Elected officials also noted that the development would bring in additional tax dollars and boost the grand list of taxable property.

Town Manager Philip Schenck said Thursday the complex’s opening is “just the most recent indication of the growing interest by developers, residents and newcomers in a walkable Bloomfield Center.”

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