May 23, 2022

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Danbury approves new Nissan-Infiniti dealership near Danbury airport: ‘Excellent fit’

DANBURY – City zoners approved plans by a Nissan-Infiniti dealership to take over an empty retail building next to Danbury Municipal Airport, where a high-end auto niche is taking off.

The new dealership will occupy a 78,000-square-foot building on 8 acres that once housed Sports Authority and Bed, Bath and Beyond on Sugar Hollow Road, near Danbury Fair mall.

“As you drive south on Sugar Hollow you will see three more auto dealerships in succession — Danbury Porsche, Danbury Audi and Danbury Volkswagen, so I guess it’s time we had a non-German dealership on this street,” said Thomas Beecher, an attorney representing the dealer, at a Zoning Commission public hearing this week. “There are also other automobile establishments just around the corner on Miry Brook Road … with respect to the neighborhood, this is an excellent fit.”

Beecher is referring to a corridor southeast of Danbury airport that is already home to high-end auto garages, luxury auto storage companies, and a specialty manufacturer of $450,000 sports cars. Last month Danbury’s wetlands commission moved ahead a proposal for a new Mercedes-Benz dealership at Sugar Hollow and Miry Brook roads. That application still needs approvals from the Planning and Zoning commissions.

The Nissan-Infiniti dealership had received approval in 2021 from the city’s Planning Department to convert the retail space into a showroom and 15-bay service garage.