Can Stamford Town Center mall stay competitive?

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With the holiday season underway, there’s a lot of attention being paid to the retail sector, which had a strong November. Two weeks ago, I wrote a story on the challenges facing the Stamford Town Center mall. The 875,000-square-foot, six-level shopping center has still not yet announced a tenant to replace former anchor Saks Fifth […] [Read More]

Forecast looking balmy for this Sunday’s parade

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According to the latest weather.com forecast, Sunday should be partly sunny and 59 degrees. That’s great news for parade organizers at the Downtown Special Services District, who have over the years grown a local event into a regional spectacle. Sandy Goldstein, the president of the DSSD, once told me that she aspired to make Stamford’s […] [Read More]
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Prominent rabbi to speak at Ferguson on Nov. 13 about inclusivity and tolerance

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Jewish Family Services of Stamford will present a prominent gay Orthodox rabbi to lecturing at the Ferguson Library next Thursday,  challenges of committing to being more inclusive to minorities and other groups. Rabbi Steven Greenberg, will present the 3rd Annual Saul Cohen Jewish Family Services lecture entitled “The Pain and Pleasure of Difference—How an Exclusive […] [Read More]
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Group says downtown park project draws more than 100

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On Friday, a team of urban planning activists decided to take on the world-wide urban planning experiment known as Park(ing) Day. Led by Emily Provonsha, a public space planner for the Downtown Special Services District, which was not involved in the project, the group set up a lounging area and bike parking station along two […] [Read More]
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Robbery of autistic man in Stamford gains national attention

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STAMFORD — The appalling theft of $100 from an autistic man outside the Stamford Town Center mall last week and the subsequent outpouring of community support has gained national attention and will be featured in an upcoming segment of NBC Nightly News. Brian Williams, the anchor and managing editor of the newscast, is coming to […] [Read More]
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Downtown set to get self-storage facility

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The city’s Zoning Board on Monday approved a plan to create a self-storage facility in the downtown, suggesting an emerging demand by apartment dwellers. The owners of 1351 Washington Blvd., an office building, have asked to allocate a 3,224 square feet basement space for storage lockers. According to the city’s land use bureau, the lockers […] [Read More]
Categories: Development, Downtown, Zoning
Conceptual rendering of $500 million project at the Stamford Transportation Center.  Last July the the state Department of Transportation announced it had selected Stamford Manhattan Ventures LLC to build more than 1 million square feet of commercial, office, and residential space.

Stamford Zoning board to discuss train station project tonight

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The Stamford Zoning Board will discuss Monday night a proposed project to redevelop the area around the Stamford train station, according to an agenda issued Monday morning. The board will meet at 7 p.m. in the fourth floor cafeteria of the Stamford Government Center, 888 Washington Boulevard. Last month board members sought the city’s legal […] [Read More]

Stamford’s master plan

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A final draft of the city’s master plan, the document guiding development throughout the city for the next 10 years, will be released next week. A public hearing on the plan will be held on Oct. 7 for residents and business owners to give their input. Here is an earlier draft version of the master […] [Read More]
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Stamford police stretched thin for Alive@Five

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STAMFORD — More than 9,000 people crowded Columbus Park and the surounding downtown area for Thursday night’s Alive@Five concert featuring a trio of 1990s bands that stretched the city’s police force to its limit and has officials reevaluating how to handle the crowds. Stamford police Capt. Tom Wuennemann said additional officers had to be called […] [Read More]
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Alive@Five draws huge crowd to downtown Stamford

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STAMFORD — Columbus Park is filled to capacity and then some as a huge crowd has turned out for tonight’s Alive@Five concert featuring the Under the Sun tour with Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray and Blues Traveler. The crowd extends beyond the park and has filled much of Main Street to Atlantic Street. To control the […] [Read More]