The public finally got a chance to weigh in on the city's boatyard hearing late Tuesday. But after a lot of initial back and forth between the planning board and city officials, not much was resolved.
"The license obligates the applicant to operate a boatyard, and only a boatyard, in a commercially reasonable manner," said Joesph Capalbo, the city's director of legal affairs.
"And I would like to know why they weren't punished for taking and destroying that boatyard," said Claire Fishman, a member of the planning board, who referenced BLT's demolition of Stamford's marina in 2011.
The licensing agreement says Building and Land Technology would fund 5 million dollars in city improvements in exchange for 2.4 city acres to build a new boatyard.
But some residents spoke out against the new marina plan.
"BLT wants you to believe that it can replicate the services of a demolished boatyard on its land-locked property at Magee Ave.," said Maureen Boylan, the founder of "Save Our Boatyard."
Others are in favor of the licensing because the agreement includes a new animal shelter.
"Our existing shelter and resident pets can not wait for a perfect world," said Ali Girardi, co-president of OPIN, a Stamford nonprofit that promotes pet adoption, and supports pets at the city's animal shelter.
Other improvements by BLT include updates to several parks. Some board members expressed the 5 million doesn't seem like a fair price exchange.
"We have no idea about the costing of any of these items," said Jay Tepper, an alternate on the planning board.
The hearing will continue next week where it left off, allowing more residents to give their input.