MADISON — The General’s Residence at Madison, LLC has started initial site work at the corner of the Boston Post Road and East Wharf Road.
The 2.5 acres of land around the General’s Residence at 908 Boston Post Road and the adjoining property at 916 Boston Post Road will be developed into an upscale condominium complex.
The two parcels of land were acquired by owners-developers, Adam Greenberg and Timothy Herbst, under the business name the General’s Residence at Madison, LLC, in October 2019 for about $1.8 million.
“I’m very excited,” said Herbst. “I want to get the shovels in the ground.”
The plan is to take down the historic General’s Residence building and a neighboring home to the east of the property.
The new complex will include a replica of the antique General’s Residence home, containing two housing units, with seven smallish homes on the rest of the property in a cluster development.
Trees that separate the two pieces of land have already been cut down. This work was necessary to begin site work that includes grading, excavation, filling and identification of foundations.
“We’re beginning the process of securing the necessary permits to begin the demolition of 916 (Boston Post Road) and the extraction of certain elements in 908 (Boston Post Road) for purposes of the replica,” said Herbst.
A walk through the General’s Residence, with members of the Madison Historical Society and Madison Historic District Commission is planned.
At that time, they will “surgically identify and extract those items that have been deemed salvageable for purposes of the replica,” said Herbst.
“A great group of Madison volunteers from the Madison Historical Society and the historic commission have come together to really assess what can be saved from the building,” said Madison architect Duo Dickinson.
“Personally, I will be relying on them for guidance for the way the building will ultimately be rendered when it’s effectively rebuilt,” he added.
Herbst said he can’t wait to get the project started, but before that happens, he plans on having the site blessed by clergy.
While in public office, serving as First Selectman of Trumbull, Herbst would have his priest come to his office and bless it on the first day of the new term.
“I said when we have the groundbreaking, I want his (Greenberg’s) rabbi and my priest to come to the site to bless the project before we begin it, because it’s a big undertaking and you have to have a lot of faith - faith in your team and yourself and your partners,” he said.
“So, at the groundbreaking we’re going to bless that property,” he added, “because it’s a big project and we want to make sure it’s a successful one.”