Almost 300 people filled two rooms at Stamford's government center Tuesday - all there before the City's planning board to weigh in on a license agreement.
"For the licensing of city owned land in connection with the development and operation of a boatyard at 205 Magee Ave.," said Theresa Dell, chair of the city's planning board.
The proposed agreement would allow developer Building and Land Technology access to waterfront city land to build a new boatyard. BLT plans to construct a campus for hedgefund Bridgewater Associates where Stamford's marina stood, which was closed by BLT.
"We're here to talk about the next phase and how we're going to realize that vision to really reconnect Stamford's downtown to its waterfront. The Bridgewater application is a part of that," said John Freeman, general counsel and spokesman for BLT.
In exchange for the city land, BLT would fund $5 million of city improvements.
"The work that we're looking to do, consists of the construction of a new animal shelter, improvements to Czescik Marina, improvements to Kosciuszko Park, improvements to Cummings Park, and $50,000 a year for two years for fireworks for the city," said Joseph Capalbo, the city's director of legal affairs.
But Save Our Boatyard organizer Maureen Boylan says the agreement is illegal because she says the land is owned by taxpayers. Boylan has been advocating for a new boatyard with the group since the original was demolished.
"When you read the deeds and when you read the third party agreements, the taxpayer is the owner of the public trust. The taxpayer owns the property," said Boylan.
The meeting was postponed due to a medical emergency that occurred during the hearing. It is most likely going to be rescheduled next Tuesday at Turn of River Middle School at 7 p.m.