Photo: Barry Lytton, Stamford Advocate

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You sent them to Hartford, here’s what they’re doing

STAMFORD - State Rep. David Michel was sworn in 46 days ago and has signed off on 177 bills since, averaging more than four bills a day. Odd thing is, although the number seems out of proportion - it's not. The Stamford Democrat ranks third so far in the number of bills General Assembly members have introduced, co-introduced or co-sponsored this session. It could be passion, perhaps naivete,… → Read More

Self-storage facility going up in Waterside

432 Fairfield Ave.: Another CubeSmart self storage facility is coming to the city, this one in the Waterside neighborhood. The self-storage company, with hundreds of locations across the U.S. and several in Connecticut including two in Norwalk and one in Wilton, is building a 30,000-square-foot facility on Fairview Avenue. An Arizona-based limited liability company, Fairfield Avenue Storage,… → Read More

Point of Interest: Popeyes opens in Stamford

448 W. Main St.: The West Side of Stamford welcomed a second chicken chain as Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen opened just a half-mile west of the Kentucky Fried Chicken. Popeyes, which has 23 restaurants in Connecticut, appears to be in expansion mode in the Nutmeg State. It opened another restaurant in Norwalk in 2017. The West Main Street site that Popeyes now inhabits was long vacant and appraised… → Read More

New hotel pitched for Stamford’s Downtown

STAMFORD - Another downtown hotel could soon be coming to the city, this one next to the new Veterans Memorial Park. Prominent land-use consultant Rick Redniss has presented early plans to build a 14-story structure behind the 119-year-old Stamford Savings Bank building next to the parking entrance to Stamford Town Center. A change to city zoning texts, the first round of city approvals needed… → Read More

Harbor Point at 10: Where BLT has been, where it’s going

STAMFORD - Zoning Board members could point to where the high rises dotted the South End stood, though shrouded in fog as they marched down a near-deserted boardwalk to the tune of beeping bulldozers. The band of volunteers decides what goes up in this fast-growing city, but rarely visits sites as a troupe. So the board packed into a muted-gold minivan on a recent afternoon and toured the now… → Read More

Demolition of Stamford tower to close lane of Washington Boulevard

STAMFORD - The demolition of one of downtown's cylindrical towers will close one lane of Washington Boulevard this weekend. Another lane and the southbound side closest to City Hall will remain open, but the city is asking residents to consider an alternate route. Starting 8 p.m. Friday, workers will begin taking town the main St. John Tower structure, knocking it town floor-by-floor from the… → Read More

Stamford approves growing Harbor Point, but limits size

STAMFORD - The Planning Board had a reflective moment this week as it weighed a proposal to change city plans to facilitate another high rise in the South End, a neighborhood with a housing density now rivaling downtown. "We have to think about what are we doing to the neighborhood," board Chairwoman Theresa Dell said. "Are we taking away the neighborhood feel of the South End? Is that what… → Read More

Stamford development 2018 in review

STAMFORD - With another building-boom year almost in the books, it's worth taking a look at what came up, what went down and what never got off the ground in 2018. With even more plans already in the pipeline, development around the city will continue in 2019. Some squashed proposals may also gain new life with pending lawsuits and appeals to reverse the decisions. Two neighborhoods proved the… → Read More

Stamford’s first New Year’s ‘resolution’: fee increases

STAMFORD - Builders, barbers, hoteliers and others could be paying the city more next year, and have the first week of the new year to say something about it. The Board of Representatives has scheduled public hearings Wednesday and Thursday on several fee hikes Mayor David Martin has proposed to prop up a slumping budget with new revenue. Aptly for the new year, the hearings start Wednesday… → Read More

Stamford to review zoning powers over Airbnb, other issues

STAMFORD - Within 48 hours of the new year, the Board of Representatives' Land Use Committee is slated to review several hot-button zoning issues and assess whether efforts made in the last year to curb abuses are yielding any results. In three separate review sessions scheduled for next Wednesday, the panel will discuss what the city does after it learns of a zoning complaint, how the city… → Read More

Stamford struggles to fill vacant Zoning Board seat

STAMFORD - Once among the most desired volunteer spots in the city, it appears a seat on the Zoning Board isn't so coveted after all. More than 90 days after the sudden death of longtime board Chairman Thomas Mills, the Republican seat is still unfilled as proposals roll in that could reshape the city. No mayoral nomination for the position has appeared before the Board of Representative's… → Read More

Double trouble? Charter’s new proposal could pose issues for Stamford commuters

STAMFORD - As one 15-story glass Charter Communications headquarters building goes up, the company this week said it wants another - fast. The move was somewhat surprising to the Zoning Board, which previously approved general outlines for another building on the so-called Gateway site where Charter's headquarters is now rising. The board knew Charter would come with plans for a second building,… → Read More

Cash-strapped Stamford pushes developers to provide more

STAMFORD - The city is starting to ask more of developers as another year of the post Great Recession building boom approaches. But with recent moves and others in the pipeline, some question whether it's nearing a tipping point, killing projects before they leave the drawing room. The boom, which added thousands of apartments to the city over the last decade, has left some startling statistics… → Read More

Study casts light on why Stamford residents dislike developers

STAMFORD - Many residents say they dislike the developers that are reshaping their neighborhoods, and recent initiatives by some city representatives showcase the burgeoning political might of a loosely organized movement hoping to question whether this level of growth is good. Unclear is why people feel that way. Their reasoning varies with each oppositional stand: Some say they want to protect… → Read More

Medical marijuana dispensary to open in Stamford

STAMFORD - It was a good bet a medical marijuana dispensary would soon open in the city. With an 18 percent chance a dispensary would come to Stamford and a 5 percent chance it would be located in a small East Side shopping center, those odds played in the city's favor this week. Arrow Alternative Care was permitted to open in Clark's Hill Shopping Plaza, 806 E. Main St. It will likely soon… → Read More

Point of Interest: Core of Atlantic Street rail overpass project to start in Febrary

Atlantic Street rail overpass: The state Department of Transportation project to replace the Atlantic Street rail overpass is well under way, but the most imposing stretch of work - one that calls for the closure of Atlantic Street under the bridge for six months - is slated to begin in February. To make the ambitious replacement work within a tight timeline, workers are now installing so-called… → Read More

Stamford train station gets $22.9M for improvements

STAMFORD - A combined $22.9 million will next year be put to work improving the Stamford Transportation Center's elevators, escalators and so-called internal circulation, or how people navigate the station. The money, from a $9.2 million federal grant and a matching state grant of $13.7 million, is yet another parting gift to The City that Works from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, a longtime mayor who… → Read More

Stamford leaf collection leaves trail of debris

STAMFORD - About 60 percent of the city's leaves have been picked up with the collection process expected to be completed by the end of next week. But the process occasionally leaves behind a messy trail of debris. Some have raised concerns it could cause a hazard when the debris mixes with snow and ice on the roads. Taylor Gray, a spokesman for Mayor David Martin, said the city will send out… → Read More

Stamford residents ‘fighting like hell’ to stop development in South End

STAMFORD - A line has been drawn on Walter Wheeler Drive in the old South End. No high rises north of this point, some residents said. But the machinery that puts those high rises up, and the puzzle pieces needed to create a new picture, a new neighborhood, are already there. Two nearly-whole blocks have been acquired by the city's largest developer, Building and Land Technology, and early plans… → Read More

Stamford’s South Enders dig in to fight development

STAMFORD - Straining to speak over the diner din, a half dozen longtime residents of the city's South End leaned into the vinyl burgundy booths of Curley's Diner on a recent weeknight to plot a path to save their neighborhood. Accompanying them were preservationists Wes Haynes and Brad Schide, who joined the nascent organizers at a diner synonymous with fighting against city and corporate… → Read More