Senior living facility expected to spur more business in Fairfield

Construction should be complete this year on Fairfield Village Senior Apartments, a new three-story, 119-unit senior independent living facility on Patterson Drive. The project’s roots stretch back to 2008, when 100,000 square feet of the mostly vacant Fair Plaza shopping center was demolished, according to Greg Kathman, Fairfield’s development services director. “The site was cleared and a retention pond and walking path were built, but the recession slowed the project down,” Kathman told the Journal-News. Construction on the site kicked off in 2016 and is expected completion in fall 2017, Kathman said. The new project is hoped to serve as a catalyst for more redevelopment in the area. The planned unit development — or PUD — zoning plan for the area calls for a mixed-use project along the whole northern side of Patterson Drive, between Pleasant Avenue and River Road, “This multi-story senior housing project is the first phase,” he said. “Future plans include additional senior housing options to the west of this site and new retail and commercial to the east.”