Chip Haslun

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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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Maple Avenue Neighbors Versus Greenwich Academy: The Battle Has Just Begun

At Tuesday’s P&Z meeting  Greenwich Academy returned with an updated proposal to combine 96 Maple and 100 Maple into one property where they seek to relocate their Cowan Center, a program for children from 8 weeks old to 4 years old, that services teachers at Greenwich Academy, Brunswick School, and “affiliate families.” The house is located in the single family R-20 zone. It was granted a Historic Overlay (HO) for a second unit in 1979 in return for preserving the historic structure in perpetuity. In later years, the house was illegally divided into four units and has four kitchens. Subscribe to the daily Greenwich Free Press newsletter. Continue Reading →

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Again, P&Z, Neighbors Balk at 143 Sound Beach Avenue Development Filed Under 8-30g

143 Sound Beach Avenue

The last public hearing on the proposed development on Sound Beach Ave drew a standing room only crowd. Again. The building features just 47 parking spots for 60 units, in which 30% would be marketed as affordable under CT General Statute 8-30g. Continue Reading →

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