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P&Z Watch: Neighbors Object to Developments on West Putnam Ave

Neighbors of the proposed developments at 581-585 West Putnam Ave and 550/600 West Putnam Ave voiced concerns about traffic, light pollution, streetscape and blasting away massive rock outcropping. Several said they don’t want the corridor to look like White Plains. Continue Reading →

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Proposal for Abandoned CT Institute of Art Features 67 Residential Units, Supermarket

Development of properties at 581 and 585 West Putnam Ave was discussed well past midnight at Planning & Zoning Tuesday night. The proposal includes excavation of more than 20 feet of ledge over an area exceeding an acre.
That is about 31,000 cubic yards of material. Extensive blasting could last for a prolonged period of time. Continue Reading →

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Music & Arts Private Lessons Get the Gong from Planning & Zoning

Music & Arts in Greenwich sought to offer private lessons in four small “chambers” at their retail store. The Zoning Enforcement Officer had determined the lessons were an educational use and therefore not permitted. Applicant’s attorney John Tesei said the lessons were not an educational use, but rather “physical conditioning,” which is a Personal Service, which is allowed in the Central Business Retail Zone. The commission voted unanimously to deny the application. Continue Reading →

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Proposed 120-Unit Apartment Building at 777 West Putnam Ave Clears Hurdle

At the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Agency meeting, Judy Moretti voiced concerns about a proposed development at 777 West Putnam Ave.

777 West Putnam Ave LLC seeks to construct a new 120 unit apartment building with over 400 parking spaces on an 8.5 acre commercial site in Greenwich, a stone’s throw from the New York state line. Neighbors turned out to oppose the proposal. Continue Reading →

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Center For Hope and Renewal at Old Stanwich Church Causes a Stir

The Center for Hope and Renewal offers counseling services at the old Stanwich Church. They have applied to the Planning & Zoning commission for approval for a final site plan and special permit, which they need to continue. Neighbors see the counseling as a commercial use. The applicant sees the counseling as fitting to the church’s mission. Continue Reading →

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P&Z To Require Housing Authority to Re-Test Soil Near Dump

After hours of testimony from HATG’s attorney John Tesei, engineer Tony D’Andrea, land surveyor Mike Finkbeiner and Booth Court neighbors Dawn Fortunato and Otto Lauersdorf, followed by lengthy discussion among the P&Z commissioners long after midnight, the commission decided to approve the preliminary site plan with the condition that HATG add two test pits near Booth Court for “a double-check.” Continue Reading →

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