Chip Haslun

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P&Z Watch: Church-Sherwood 8-30g Attorneys Say “Not Unreasonable Destruction” of Historic Assets

“To hear people say they’re building this building in the spirit of how the neighborhood originally started, to me is a bunch of bunk because the building looks like a fortress.” – Dean Gamanos, resident of the Fourth Ward Continue Reading →

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P&Z Watch: Two-Story 8-30g Proposed Atop Historic Putnam Trust Building on Greenwich Ave Raises “Grave Concerns”

“Given the sense that change is somewhat inevitable, we want to preserve aesthetic factors. We also want to create affordable housing.” – Chip Haslun, attorney for the applicant Continue Reading →

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P&Z Offer Feedback on Pre App for 300-Seat Mediterranean Restaurant and Event Space Proposed for Liberty Way

The applicant seeks to create a conforming use on the first floor with a restaurant and bakery, but want a non conforming use on the second floor. The second floor group fitness gym is not allowed on a second floor (only one-on-one fitness is allowed on second floor), so NY Sports Club’s second floor use was non conforming. The regulations do not articulate vertical changes in non conformities. Continue Reading →

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P&Z, Residents Still Wary of 20-Unit Building; Applicant Hints at 8-30g

“You have all these incentives, and you push back. There is an 8-30g,” contract purchaser Andrew Toth warned, referring to the state statute for affordable housing exempting developers from local zoning regulations. “Property is expensive. You have to have a certain rent roll.” Continue Reading →

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Riverside Towing Ability to Operate Challenged at P&Z Following Cease & Desist

Riverside Towing received a cease and desist order from Greenwich’s Zoning Enforcement Officer because they only have a permit for repair service at 561 West Putnam Ave. The question is whether towing is a use that falls under repair. Continue Reading →

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P&Z Watch: Future Uses of Former Pickwick Theater Building Contemplated

On Tuesday night the P&Z commission entertained an application from Paradigm 44-48 West Putnam Ave, the owners of the property that once was Pickwick Theatre, seating 2,000+ people (opened Nov 21, 1929). After the theater closed the building was used as a bowling alley before being converted to office space and retail. The applicant seeks relief from a 1995 condition of approval that identified it as “mezzanine space,” arguing it is actually a second floor, as it is up a flight of stairs. Zoning limits the use of ground floor commercial space. Designating the space as a second floor use would allow the possibility of leasing space to a fitness center. Continue Reading →

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P&Z Watch: Property Rights Struggle Bubbling Up at Shore Acres

If you own title to an access way to Greenwich Cove established a century ago and the town never taxed it, can you pave it and use part of it for your driveway? Can you use its FAR to build a bigger house on your adjacent lot where you already tore down a house? Shore Acres neighbors say absolutely not. Continue Reading →

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