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Public Hearing Held on Proposed Southfield Ave. Development

Residents concerned about view of LI Sound

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Stamford, CT | Added on September 23, 2014 At 05:23 PM

It's at a trucking facility in Stamford's waterside neighborhood where a developer wants to build new apartments.

"We're here to connect the public walkway, create a little pocket park, and 109 new residential units," said Richard Redniss.

Richard Redniss, of Redniss and Mead, is representing Belpointe Capital, the company looking to build at 112 Southfield Ave.  -- replacing the existing Marshall's Trucking Facility with a multi-family development on 2.8 acres.  It's next to the Avalon Harbor, which Belpointe's Paxton Kinol also had a hand in building. 

Monday, Stamford's Zoning Board held a public hearing on the proposed construction.

Several next door neighbors say they like the project -- but are worried about their view of the Long Island Sound.  

"We think the developer's doing a good job.  Looks like it's going to be a nice addition to the community," said one resident.  

Initially, the plan was building the apartments 60 feet back from the water.  Then, the developer met with neighbors and they asked for an additional set back - voicing that their views would still be affected.  Kinol says they want to do what's right for current and prospective residents -- making the views of the Sound available for both.  The developer changed the set back from 60 to 102 feet from the water.

"It is going to block about a third of their view when looking South," said Paxton Kinol, managing director of Belpointe Capital, "But the building at 60 feet was blocking all of their view."

But neighbors saying Monday, they want more.

"We ask just one thing, and that is a 30-foot additional setback," said one resident.

"One hundred and two feet is not acceptable," said another resident.

However, one resident is in full support -- because of a proposed traffic fix.  

"Someone's not going to get what they want so we have to work as a community to try and solve one of the number one issues where everyone will benefit and that's the traffic," that resident said.  

The public hearing on this will continue next Monday, September 29.  


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