West Hartford's Blue Back Square. Photo courtesy of Ragesoss | CC BY-SA 3.0

Once the Children’s Museum relocates from its longtime West Hartford location, it could be replaced by 172 luxury apartments.

That’s what developer Continental Properties has planned for the site at the corner of Trout Brook Drive and Farmington Avenue near the Hartford suburb’s popular town center.

According to the Hartford Courant, the 3.5-acre site would have “resort-quality” amenities like a pool and roof deck. More than half the units would be two-bedroom units, the paper reported after reviewing preliminary plans Continental shared with it, and an unknown fraction of units would be set aside as affordable housing.

The project would add yet more multifamily housing to West Hartford’s center, which has seen its fortunes boom after the addition of projects like Blue Back Square.

The Children’s Museum had earlier endorsed a plan by its landlord, a nearby private school, to sell its home of over 60 years to Continental. The museum had engaged in a sale-leaseback deal with the private school nearly 20 years ago as it began its long search for a new and improved location.