WILTON — Tom Roohan, Broker Owner of Roohan Reality plans on developing close to 30 acres adjacent to Harran Lane in Wilton. Plans call for a 15-lot conservation subdivision called Cahill’s Forest for homes between 1,800 square feet to 2,500 square feet.
Roohan says he’s developed about half a dozen properties before but it’s not something he does often. Cahill’s Forest is named after his grandson, Forest Cahill.
The lot totaling in 29.29 acres is made up of two plots. The first plot purchased in January of 2016 is 26.89 acres and cost $200,000. Later in July Roohan purchased a 2.4-acre plot on Harran Lane for $150,000. This plot does have a house on it and Roohan says it will most likely be renovated. According to Roohan plans are signed and are awaiting recording.
The town approved the original subdivision on Oct. 18 2017 however, it took one year for the New York Sate Department of Health and the New York Sate Department of Environmental Conservation to grant their approval, and by that time the planning board subdivision approval had expired. Roohan says because of well and septic use, it requires the state’s approval.
In addition Roohan decided to dedicate a portion of the land to Wilton Emergency Services (EMS) located at 1 Harran Lane.
“My neighbors are the emergency squad and of course that’s all a volunteer organization that residents support with a ad valorem tax… They wanted some of the property behind their garage so they wouldn’t have to back their vehicles in and sometimes they can set it up so they can drive through,” said Roohan, who was named 2018 Realtor of the year by the Greater Capital Region Association of Realtors.
“So I thought that was a good idea because that would eliminate the back horns that you often hear with emergency vehicles or construction vehicles,” he added.
McPadden Builders based in Malta is the building entity for the project. The company has worked on other projects in Wilton such as Craw Farm, which has 48 single-family homes with prices starting in the Low $300’s and Olson Farm, which starts at $389,000.
A groundbreaking for Cahill’s Forest has not yet been finalized, “Anything would be guess,” he says.
Roohan also does not have a set completion date either.