Old Greenwich apartment development

I've refrained from posting on the proposed 44-unit apartment building that's being suggested for Old Greenwich because of cynical laziness. The idea of a 4-story tower - twice the size of any existing buildings in that section of the village seemed so preposterous that I figured (and still do) that the developers were engaged in the standard tactic of asking for the moon and then scaling down to what they really intend as opposition flares. Why write about what isn't a final plan?

So far, that approach has been borne out. After presenting a horrible glass and concrete structure at a P&Z hearing in February, the builders are back with a new facade, one, they claim, "reflects the Perrot Library". Well no it doesn't, but it was quick work, and I wonder whether elevation 2 came from the same closet where elevations 3-10 are stashed, to be presented in succession. 

The building is still a four-story structure and still provides just one parking space for each apartment, which, proximity to the train station notwithstanding, is unrealistic. I imagine guests, visitors and two - car families can stash their vehicles overnight in the unused public lots or more likely, humans being lazy, in the bar across the street's lot (and won't that make the business owners happy?), but that's hardly a good solution - maybe inflatable cars, or on-demand Uber?

In any event, it's early days on this; come back in six months, and let's see what the plan looks like then. In the meantime, you can keep track of its progress at the opposition site, "stop143 Soudbeach.com"

143 Sound Beach Avenue, Version I

143 Sound Beach Avenue, Version I

Version II

Version II

Version X

Version X

Had the developers asked me, I'd have advised they lead with this - with low-income housing in the rear

Had the developers asked me, I'd have advised they lead with this - with low-income housing in the rear