Stop Demolition of Historic Typewriter Factory in Stamford, Connecticut

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Emily Derr
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Legal action must begin now to stop developer Building and Land Technology (BLT) from demolishing three important buildings in Stamford’s South End National Register Historic District. We have barely six months before a demolition delay runs out and the demolitions would be able to proceed.

BLT has filed applications to demolish the Nineteenth Century Blickensderfer Typewriter factory building (650 Atlantic Street) and two wood frame multi-family houses (79 Garden Street and 130 Henry Street.) All three have been deemed “contributing” buildings to the historic district.

Against previously articulated city goals, BLT now looks beyond an earlier plan and intends to demolish existing affordable housing in historic buildings and clear their sites without informing the public of what it plans to build. The zoning changes they desire indicate that they want to replace the historic district with large scale construction similar to what they have built outside the historic district.

To this end, BLT seeks to demolish the two houses and former factory in order to widen Garden Street for purposes it has not made clear to the public. You can help Stamford maintain its historic places and affordable housing stock by signing this petition.