Andrew Brophy | Fairfield Citizen

Blackrock Realty LLC, owner of the Metro Center property, isn’t the only developer interested in constructing a five-story apartment building off lower Black Rock Turnpike.

Aristides Koutouvides and his brother, Niko Koutouvides, want to erect an apartment building on property by the corner of lower Black Rock Turnpike and Commerce Drive that was formerly home to The Edge, a gym that moved to Kings Highway Cutoff several years ago.

The brothers, who are principals in Skala Partners LLC, haven’t filed a formal application in Sullivan-Independence Hall to construct the apartment building on the 2.6-acre property at 665 and 711 Commerce Drive, but their interest came to light during the Town Plan and Zoning Commission’s review last week of a proposed amendment to local zoning regulations.

Blackrock Realty’s project, which has yet to go to a public hearing of the TPZ, would have 197 apartments, while the Koutouvides’ proposal would house 102 apartments above retail and office space on the first floor, according to a March 24 letter that William Fitzpatrick, the Koutouvides’ lawyer, wrote to Matthew Wagner, chairman of the TPZ.

The apartments would be a mix of one-bedroom, one-bedroom with a den, and two bedrooms, according to the letter. {….}