More waterfront development? Stamford zoning change means goodbye oil company, hello high rise

The city’s zoning board approved changes unanimously on Monday to a waterfront property owned currently by oil company Sprague Resources. Sprague hopes to sell the lot, which was zoned for industrial uses tied to Stamford’s port. But instead of another industrial site, high rise development is set to take its place. The city’s Master Plan maintains that “All shorefront development shall include meaningful public access to the waterfront except where public safety would be a risk.” Sprague has yet to sell its Stamford location, even though the company already plans to move to a new site in Bridgeport. The most interested buyers so far, according to Redniss, have been senior living facilities. But the new zoning rules could change that.

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