Stamford mayor withdraws proposed sale of vacant Glenbrook Community Center at 11th hour

Mayor Caroline Simmons has pulled a proposal to have the closed Glenbrook Community Center redeveloped into affordable housing, saying the plan doesn’t have enough support to pass the Board of Representatives. The board was set to vote on the proposed sale of the building Monday night. For months, elected officials, members of Simmons’ administration and residents have clashed over the proposal to allow JHM Financial Group and Viking Construction develop 51 income-restricted apartments, preserve the former community center’s facade and set aside space for public use. Before the committee met, the board received a petition calling for the city to “restore the GCC as a community center.” An accompanying letter stated that more than 1,100 residents had signed the petition. Board members questioned how much it would cost to get the community center back up and running, how “affordable” the proposed apartments would be and whether the city should receive a cash payment larger than $700,000 from the developers.

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