After much discussion, Stamford’s Zoning Board decided Monday to approve Building and Land Technology’s application for the construction of a working boatyard at 205 Magee Avenue.
The new boatyard is part of a deal made between Mayor Pavia and BLT that will bring improvements to the City’s South End. The Mayor has negotiated a license agreement in which BLT agreed to provide $5 million dollars in infrastructure improvements in exchange for city-owned land for the boatyard.
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The Zoning Board discussed the specifics of BLT’s boatyard application with City Counsel Joe Capalbo during its meeting Monday night. Some members were concerned about accepting the application without approval from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP). Land Use Bureau Chief Norman Cole said the Board should expect the DEEP permit within the next 45 days, as estimated by BLT.
Members of the Board were also concerned about moving the application forward without the approval of the Mayor’s license agreement with BLT. Cole assured Board members that their approval could not go forward without the final approval of the license agreement.
“If you were to approve this with the condition that was subject to the license agreement finally being approved and it was approved in substantially different terms, you may have to revisit your approval,” Cole said.
The Zoning Board accepted the application under the condition that BLT secures all the required approvals. The Board also cautioned BLT to seek the necessary permissions before following through on other future projects.
The application will now move forward for review by the necessary City Boards and Commissions, including the Planning Board and Harbor Commission.
Zoning Board Member Audrey Cosentini said, “It’s very clear to me that just accepting the application just simply means we’re starting the process of boards looking at it.”