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Zoning board closes public hearings

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Stamford, CT | Added on June 10, 2014 At 03:16 PM

Gated off at the corner of Tresser Blvd. and Greyrock Place in downtown Stamford is what's become known as the "hole in the ground."  The land sits as a vacant, unfinished construction site and has been for 30 years, according to the city's zoning board.  Now a developer is proposing to fill the hole with apartments.

After years of a site sitting empty, two companies are hoping to build 672 apartments at the corner of Tresser and Greyrock.  

"This hole has been a civic embarrassment and a scar on the downtown," said William Hennessey, the attorney representing the project, "And the opportunity to replace it with almost 700 units of highly designed housing is [a] pretty big opportunity." 

RB Stamford Associates and Ironstate Development are proposing to construct the apartments in eleven different five to eight story buildings -- ten of which would line the 4-acre site's perimeter.  And inside, there would be a landscaped courtyard.    

"It is something incredibly appealing and hopefully it will be very successful in downtown Stamford," said Hennessey.  

Wrapping up their project's presentation Monday night, the zoning board asked if anyone from the public wanted to speak, but no one came forward.  However in last week's meeting, the project was praised.

The zoning board's June 2 public hearing minutes list three individuals who spoke in support of the project, with no one recorded speaking against it.  

"Not one bit of negative sounding comment and a lot of public support," said Hennessey.  

The plan also includes a small public cafe at the corner of Greyrock and Tresser, new sidewalks and sitting areas.  

No vote was made by the board at Monday night's meeting, though the public hearing portion of the decision process was closed.


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