Zoning Board grants extension for senior housing project

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Facing a construction deadline, a nonprofit agency has been granted more time by the city’s Zoning Board to develop a housing project on a property designated for affordable housing. Inspirica, which provides shelter and services to the homeless, has partnered with the city’s housing authority, Charter Oak Communities, to build 48 units of affordable senior […] [Read More]
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Martin administration seeks $497K to buy property for police headquarters plan

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Two months after unveiling a plan to replace the city’s aging and contaminated police headquarters, the Martin administration is moving closer to purchasing a property that has been targeted as part of a development site for the project. In the second step of a three-step approval process, the Board of Finance last week unanimously approved […] [Read More]
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Plan to charge sidewalk cafes still facing opposition

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The Board of Representatives last week voted to move ahead with a plan to introduce a square footage charge for downtown restaurant owners who use city sidewalk space for cafes. The proposed ordinance requires cafe operators to pay $1 per square foot in the first year and $2 per square foot in subsequent years. Since […] [Read More]
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Downtown gets a parting gift from 5ivefingaz

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  In case you might have missed it, 5ivefingaz, an anonymous street artist who has spent the last month depositing works of art across downtown Stamford, last week left the final piece of his series in Columbus Park–a statue wearing a jumpsuit with his signature hashtag written on the back. As you can see from […] [Read More]
Categories: Arts, Downtown

Spartan workout set to be held in Mill River Park

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Correction: The event in Stamford will be a “workout tour,” not an official race as originally stated. The Mill River Park Collaborative on Tuesday announced that the downtown park will host a workout tour of Spartan racing, a form of obstacle course racing, on Saturday, April 11th at 9 a.m. The event marks the introduction […] [Read More]
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The story behind the street artist 5ivefingaz

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Today’s front page includes a story about the Norwalk street artist 5ivefingaz, who has been leaving paintings across the downtown over the last month. Last week, I spoke with the artist last week. Like most street artists, he elects to remain anonymous, but he was generous with giving me the background of how he started […] [Read More]
Categories: Arts, Downtown

Stamford reps vote to lower proposed fees for sidewalk cafes

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Amid a growing cry of protest, city legislators have revised a preliminary plan to increase a permit fee for sidewalk cafes. On Tuesday night, the Board of Reps’ legislative and rules committee voted 6-3 in favor of an ordinance that would charge restaurant owners by the square foot for using city sidewalks. The amount would […] [Read More]
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Street artist strikes again in Stamford

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An artist who goes by the pseudonym “5ivefingaz” has been putting up a series of art installations across the city. The latest one, which surfaced Sunday afternoon in front of the shuttered post office building on Atlantic Street, is a satirical commentary on the U.S. Postal Service’s decision to sell its old buildings. The piece, […] [Read More]
Categories: Arts, Downtown