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    Quote Originally Posted by Nexis4Jersey View Post
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    South End - Stamford,Connecticut by Nexis4Jersey09, on Flickr


    I work in that building (multi-story brick building on the left). So convenient to the train station. I can start packing up my stuff 10 minutes before the train is set to arrive and still make it with time to spare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMAG View Post
    I work in that building (multi-story brick building on the left). So convenient to the train station. I can start packing up my stuff 10 minutes before the train is set to arrive and still make it with time to spare.
    How do you get to Stamford from Scarsdale by train?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nexis4Jersey View Post
    How do you get to Stamford from Scarsdale by train?

    I actually need to update my profile. I bought a house in Trumbull, CT last summer and live there now. I take the Metro North from Fairfield Metro to Stamford.

    EDIT: Profile updated!

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    75 Tresser Boulevard (previous update: http://wirednewyork.com/forum/showth...1#post439858):






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    66 Summer Street (previous update: http://wirednewyork.com/forum/showth...l=1#post439851)






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    Stamford Hospital expansion (previous update: http://wirednewyork.com/forum/showth...l=1#post440416)

    Looking west from Washington Blvd between W Park Pl and Broad St:





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    Source: Stamford Advocate
    http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news...#photo-5883993




    Passengers get off the Harbor Point Trolley after the inaugural ride on the in Stamford, Conn. on Friday February 14, 2014 Photo: Dru Nadler


    Sandy Goldstein, President of Stamford Downtown, gets off the Harbor Point Trolley after the inaugural ride on the in Stamford, Conn. on Friday February 14, 2014. Photo: Dru Nadler


    Carl Kuehner, Building and Land Technology's Chief Executive Officer, and Sandy Goldstein, President of Stamford Downtown, listen to BLT spokesman John Freeman narrate the stops on the inaugural ride on the Harbor Point Trolley in Stamford, Conn. on Friday February 14, 2014. Photo: Dru Nadler


    Carl Kuehner, Building and Land Technology's Chief Executive Officer, and Sandy Goldstein, President of Stamford Downtown, on the inaugural ride of the Harbor Point Trolley in Stamford, Conn. on Friday February 14, 2014. Photo: Dru Nadler

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    It's just a bus dressed up like a trolley.

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    At least its free, but it is just a bus. Hopefully Stamford will get its own real streetcar line like Providence, Rhode Island is trying to do.

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    66 Summer Street
    previous update: http://wirednewyork.com/forum/showth...l=1#post442738





    Summer Street facade:



    Northeast corner




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    750 Summer Street
    previous update: http://wirednewyork.com/forum/showth...l=1#post442378








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    184 Summer Street

    preliminary works have begun



    This building will have a facade on Summer Street and wrap around to the west of the building immediately to its north (low-rise restaurant).


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    Someone could start a thread showing images of new buildings with the title: "Stamford or Downtown Brooklyn???"

    Same faceless stuff rising in both cities.

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    Plans for old post office clear hurdle

    Kate King

    Updated 10:17 pm, Wednesday, February 26, 2014



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    STAMFORD -- A proposal to incorporate the historic Atlantic Street Post Office building into a new apartment and retail complex won support from the city Planning Board on Tuesday despite concerns voiced by local preservationists.

    The New York-based Cappelli Organization, which helped build the 34-story Trump Parc luxury high-rise on Broad Street, has proposed building two 21-floor residential buildings and 28,000 square feet of retail space on the Atlantic Street site. The developer would preserve the original footprint of the post office, which was built in 1916 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, but would demolish the back section of the building, which was built in 1939.

    Representatives from the Stamford Historic Neighborhood Preservation Program oppose the demolition of the post office's 1939 addition, which they say has major historical significance. Planning Board members were not convinced by the preservationists' arguments, however.

    "How historic is the addition?" said member Michael Totilo. "To me, the original footprint is what we should preserve."

    Planning Board Chairwoman Theresa Dell agreed, saying she considered the building's original foundation to be more important.

    "The 1916 portion of the building, by every account, must be saved," she said. "That's our culture, that's our heritage and it's something that our children should be allowed to see. I do understand it is hard to incorporate the entire building."

    The Atlantic Street Post Office was built by the architect James Knox Taylor in the Italian renaissance revival style, as evidenced by its terra-cotta trim. Its architecture alone makes it one of the most historically significant, still-standing structures in Stamford, but the building also served as a national launching pad for several revolutionary inventions, said HNPP Executive Director Wes Haynes.

    In 1920, metered mail was sent out for the first time in the U.S. Postal Service's history from the Atlantic Street Post Office. The postage meter was developed by the Stamford-based Pitney Bowes, so the nearby post office served as an ideal location for a test run of the company's new product, Haynes said.

    The success of metered mail resulted in increased mail volume, so the postal service built an addition to its Atlantic Street office in 1939. At the time, the land needed for the addition was owned by former Stamford Mayor Homer Cummings, who at that point was serving as U.S. Attorney General to President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

    "The Treasury Department had to buy the land from Cummings," Haynes said. "Cummings, being in FDR's cabinet, was a major defender of the New Deal, and this addition was funded by New Deal funding."

    The 1939 addition is also significant because it was where Pitney Bowes rolled out another invention, the "facer-canceler system." This large machine, used for the first time in Stamford during the busy 1959 holiday season, used an early version of optical scanning to sort and postmark envelopes, a task previously performed by hand.

    "That revolutionized the way mail was handled," Haynes said. "That became the go-to machine that was used in all the major metropolitan areas in the United States."
    The post office's 1939 addition may not be much to look at, but its local and national historical significance is substantial, Haynes said.

    "It's a work room, but work rooms can still be historic," he said. "It's a place where a historic event happened. This is a New Deal-era addition to the building. We shouldn't be knocking it down. This is central to our community."

    The developer said the demolition of the post office's back section is critical to the project's success, however. Joseph V. Apicella, an executive vice president at Cappelli Organization, said the 1939 addition must be removed to make way for a roadway, which would separate the post office building from the two residential towers and connect Atlantic Street to Federal Street.

    "It's critical to our ability to be able to design and build this project," Apicella said. "We have every intention to preserve and protect and enhance the architectural significance of the 1916 building."

    Cappelli's proposed development includes 650 one- and two-bedroom apartments between the two 262-foot high towers. Apicella said he does not yet know how much the developer plans to spend building the complex.

    Planning board members said they hope the Zoning Board, which is next in line to consider the developer's proposal, will mandate ground-floor retail at the complex and closely consider the traffic implications of the project. But the proposal won the Planning Board's unanimous support, with Dell saying she believes the development would enhance the neighborhood.

    "I hope that the people on the historical preservation side will work with you and try to get this matter solved so the project can continue," she said to Apicella Tuesday. "I think it's a vital development to the downtown area."

    The Cappelli project faces more hurdles than just the Zoning Board, however. A California-based post office preservation group, the National Post Office Collaborative, has sued the U.S. Postal Service over its hasty sale of the Atlantic Street site.

    The collaborative, which argued the postal service didn't give customers enough notice of its impending closure, has succeeded in stalling the $4.3 million sale. Cappelli is still moving forward with its plans for the complex's other buildings, however, and plans to break ground this year if the project is approved.

    Haynes said he didn't think it was prudent for the city's land-use boards to consider the proposed project, or for construction to begin, while the sale of the post office land is still tied up in court.

    "It only makes sense that you don't let a project advance until the developer has site control of that property," he said. "What happens if the post office never gets sold to the developer and he builds a project that assumes he's going to have stuff on the post office site?"

    Apicella said the developer is committed to building at least one of the two residential towers, regardless of whether the sale for the post office building goes through.

    "We have financing in place and we're ready to go on the North Tower," he said.

    In the end, Haynes said the Stamford preservation group is not opposed to Cappelli's entire project.

    "We are not trying to stop this development," he said. "We just want the development shaped in a different way to respect this building. You can't take down half a building and call it preservation."

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