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The city's zoning board has approved an amendment regarding the High Ridge Park building, which has been vacant since Frontier Communications moved to Norwalk in 2015.
Having done well in Westchester County, Madden views repurposing Stamford's High Ridge Park as a test case for Fairfield County. The proposal to repurpose one of the six buildings into a fitness facility has run into significant opposition from neighboring residents.
If passed, the proposed zoning text change – which requires a supermajority vote of at least 4-1 – would also apply to Stamford’s five other office parks.
“The Chamber of Commerce is always supportive of anything that can bring economic growth – not at all costs, but at good cost -- and that’s what this project would be," says Stamford Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Jack Condlin.
Is a proposed Life Time exercise facility in the old Frontier Communications headquarters consistent with the city's "adaptive reuse" regulations or simply an attempt to build a "Chelsea Piers on steroids"?