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Developer Randy Salvatore is not yet done with his 1,000-unit Downtown North development in downtown Hartford – recently released from legal purgatory – and he’s already laying the groundwork for a new project.

His RMS Cos. development firm recently filed plans with the city Planning & Zoning Commission for a big, new multifamily development on the site of the former Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute graduate campus next to Dunkin’ Park just north of the city’s downtown. The site is largely covered by parking lots, save a 459-spot parking garage and an empty office-and-classrooms tower built in 1970.

The commission is expected to hear the RMS proposal for the 12.69-acre site on Nov. 21. The plan will need zoning relief, in addition to other review.

RMS first indicated his plans for the 275 Windsor St. site in a September filing with the Capitol Region Development Authority.

His latest filings with city officials show few changes. A master plan indicates a first phase of 473 apartments in a pair of 5-story buildings bracketing a 507-spot parking garage on a corner of the site closest to the baseball stadium. Subsequent phases could add another 759 units in similar buildings, along with hundreds more car parking spots.

The city of Hartford recently settled a lawsuit with a rival developer that had prevented RMS from moving forward with the next phase of its Downtown North project. Those apartment projects are now expected to resume.