Continuing the discussion from STAMFORD, CT. | Stamford Core Redevelopment:
Updated 10:54 am, Thursday, February 27, 2014
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.”