Historic Overlay

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P&Z Watch: Applicant Who Violated Historic Overlay Calls P&Z “Inflexible.” Commission Says “A Deal is a Deal”

In exchange for preserving the facade of the building in perpetuity, the applicant, GEH Properties LLC, registered to Griffith Harris, was allowed to make a dance studio out of a large warehouse building despite it being deficient in parking and despite neighbor opposition. Continue Reading →

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P&Z Watch: Potential Historic Overlay Violation in Cos Cob Puts 2013 Agreement in Limbo

Back in 2013, after two public hearings, Greenwich P&Z granted a Historic Overlay (HO) for 133 East Putnam Ave in Cos Cob. In exchange for preserving the facade and “perpetual preservation” of the historic building, they approved a former warehouse behind the building to become a dance studio. Continue Reading →

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P&Z Watch: Vinyl Siding Could Be Deal Breaker for Applicant Seeking Historic Overlay Incentive for 2nd Dwelling

An applicant in a 1885 house in the Fourth Ward installed “state of the art wood-looking vinyl” siding, trim and shutters. They seek a Historic Overlay in which they deed restrict the historic house in perpetuity, in exchange for permission to build a second house in their back yard. Continue Reading →

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P&Z Applauds Abilis Coffee Shop, Reluctant on Historic Overlay for 48 Maple

“An HO allows additional uses, but it also allows for an increase in square footage in the building, up to 28,800 sq ft….Now there is 12,000 sq ft. …You’re having a Historic Overlay to save the building in perpetuity, but in 20 years the church could add an awful lot and redevelop to 28,000 sq ft.” – P&Z Commissioner Nick Macri Continue Reading →

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Round Hill Selectmen Candidates Debate Flashpoints: Financing Capital Projects, Partisanship, P3s, Public Housing

Questions came from the Northwest Greenwich Association, the Northeast Greenwich Association and the Round Hill Association, as well as from the audience. Continue Reading →

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Camillo: Historic Overlay at Former Mel Gibson Estate Would Set Potentially Devastating Precedent

“We must come up with a better way to save historic homes without the Historic Overlay being used to introduce something that amounts to cluster housing.” – Fred Camillo, Candidate for First Selectman 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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“Milbrook Crossing” Seeks to Use P&Z Historic Overlay to Preserve Grand Homes on Post Road

A proposal to use the HO regulations to preserve a row of three grand turn-of-century homes on the Post Road would create a residential community appealing to empty-nesters is working its way through Town Hall. On December 5 the Historic District Commission unanimously endorsed the project, approving a certificate of appropriateness. The vote was 8-0. Continue Reading →

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