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WEST HAVEN — A developer has submitted plans to the city to add 12 single-family homes to the site of the former Chick’s Drive-In restaurant.

According to an application submitted to the city, North Haven-based owner CDM Holdings, LLC plans to use part of the former restaurant’s parking lot to add 12 detached single-family residences with two-car garages, a small community clubhouse and bike rack. Plans called for 12 residences to be built “in clusters of three units” and would provide parking for 34 vehicles.

Christopher Marone, director of CDM Holdings, LLC, did not immediately return a request for comment on Tuesday.

Christine Gallo, chair of the city’s Economic Development Commission, said she didn’t like the idea of ​​adding housing density to the shoreline.

“We have enough housing there,” she said. “Beach Street is our bread and butter. It’s where we put restaurants and attractions. This huge parking lot should be turned into something for the people of the city.”

Gallo suggested that, if the developer didn’t add shops, there should be a miniature golf course.

Regional Councilor Meli Garthwait, R-2, said she did not review the plans on Tuesday because they had not been presented to city council, but intended to do so on Wednesday morning .

Mayor Nancy Rossi said she also hadn’t seen the plans on Tuesday, but she believes the Beach Street road elevation project needs to be completed before any construction can begin.

CDM Holdings, LLC purchased the site for $1 million in July 2021. Previously, the site had been vacant since 2015 following the death of restaurant founder Joseph “Chick” Celentano, per his wish for the restaurant to cease operations at his death. The restaurant had been in business for 65 years, serving split hot dogs and fried seafood to beachgoers for generations.

Currently, city officials are raising the portion of Beach Street in front of the old restaurant to 11 feet above sea level.

Although the city received $5 million for the project, officials said the state permitting process takes months, with Mayor Nancy Rossi estimating in May that the city would receive Department of L energy and environmental protection in September or October.