About 50 Brookhaven residents on April 25 confronted developers who propose building shops and 206 apartments at the intersection of Dresden and Caldwell Drives.
Residents voiced concerns about the number of apartments planned in the Dresden area and the traffic that the project, called Dresden Village, would bring. Some argued that the developers, Connolly Investment and Development and Fairfield Residential, should reduce the number of apartments to a number closer to the 150 allowed by current zoning on the property or should use townhomes instead of apartments in a portion of the planned development.
Sisters Suzanne and Jennifer Heath, who live in the Brookhaven Fields neighborhood, said apartment construction is changing their community. Jennifer Heath said 1,877 apartments ave been built in the area and another 1,374 are proposed, including the ones at Dresden Village.
“We’re getting to the point we’re starting to draw a line in the sand,” Jennifer Heath said.
“If we don’t get every developer to give us as much as they can, it’s a lost cause,” Suzanne Heath said. “We’re at a tipping point. All we can do is fight,”
The developers plan to ask Brookhaven city officials to rezone the slightly more than 3 acres at 1336-1370 Dresden and 2544-256 Caldwell to allow construction of a mixed-use development including apartments, retail space and a parking deck. The project would include 20,000 square feet of retail space and and 206 apartments.
After the meeting, held at the Briarcliff community center in Briarcliff Park, the developers and their representatives said they likely would hold another public meeting during May to discuss any changes to their plans.