A second three-story apartment building finally might be built at Simsbury Place.

A second three-story apartment building finally might be built at Simsbury Place.

Currently, one of the two buildings proposed in 2005 sits on the site at 705-735 Proprietors Road, which once was the parking lot for the former Worthington Foods.

Built as high-end condos in 2007, the housing units did not sell and the building sat empty for years. It eventually was bought by a bank at a sheriff's sale.

Simsbury Investments purchased the entire site for $1 million in 2010.

The first building is now 16 rental units, which seem to be full, Worthington development coordinator Lynda Bitar said.

The owners have now applied to the city for permission to construct the second building, though plans have been dropped to build an exact copy of the first building.

Instead, the proposed second building will be smaller and will not have first-floor, covered parking. Parking will be in lots between the buildings and to the north.

The footprint of the first building is 13,600 square feet. The proposal for building two is a for a 9,756-square-foot footprint.

Sixteen apartments are still planned, but they will be slightly smaller than those in the first building.

The new ones will range from 993 to 1,347 square feet. In the first building, the apartments range from 950 to 1,530 square feet.

The style of the second building is complementary to the first, according to a city staff memo to the Municipal Planning Commission (MPC), which will consider an amendment to the development plan on March 22.

The first building is primarily brick, with some siding. More siding and less brick are proposed for the second building, but detailing, roof shingles, trim, colors, windows, doors, railings and ridge vents are proposed in the same style.

Four living units, a lobby and storage units are proposed for the first floor, with six apartments each on the second and third floors.

Bitar expects the MPC to view the proposal positively.

First-floor parking would be preferable, but she expects commissioners to understand the economic situation faced by developers.

"It will fit in well there and be a great improvement over the empty lot," she said.