Westchester & Fairfield Cheat Sheet: Why microbreweries could be the hottest new tenants in New Rochelle, judge tosses Iona College’s land lawsuit against New Rochelle … & more

Aug.August 03, 2017 05:45 PM

Clockwise from the top left: rendering of a proposed senior housing project in Rye Brook, a craft brewery, Iona College, Starfield Market.

New Rochelle passes zoning amendment to lure craft breweries as retail tenants

The New Rochelle city council passed an amendment that eases zoning laws on craft businesses in order to entice breweries looking for retail space in the downtown area, LoHud reported. Previously, brewing was only permitted in industrial zones or in new buildings. The new regulations will allow microbrewers to open up downtown, where they could entice patrons to tasting rooms adjoining their production facilities. Councilman Ivar Hyden said that breweries are an appropriate use of downtown space and “would attract younger people and people who are interested in those kinds of social activities.” [Lohud]

Judge dismisses Iona College’s property lawsuit against New Rochelle

A Westchester County judge has dismissed the property lawsuit brought by Iona College against New Rochelle. The Catholic college had claimed that the city unjustly blocked its plans for campus expansion. Last fall, the city passed zoning amendment that would require a special permit to merge land parcels just days after Iona College filed an application to merge 11 parcels on Beechmont Drive and Montgomery Place. The judge tossed the case, ruling that Iona had failed to exhaust all possible administrative solutions, such as appealing the city’s rejection of the plan. [WBJ]

Stratfield Market in Fairfield sells for $1.2 million in cash transaction

The former Stratfield Market property at 1280 Stratfield Road in Fairfield has sold to an undisclosed buyer in an all-cash transaction. The seller of the 12,900-square-foot property was Greenwich-based real estate investment trust Urstadt Biddle Properties Inc. Its CEO Willing L. Biddle said the buyer was “committed to renovating the property as a neighborhood food store.” Urstadt Biddle bought the property in March for $3 million. [WBJ]

Brookfield, Monroe and New Fairfield awarded federal housing grants

The Fairfield County towns of Brookfield, Monroe, and New Fairfield have each received $400,000 in federal housing grants. The funds from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant Small Cities program will go towards improving 10 low-income and moderate-income households in the townships. Altogether, 20 Connecticut municipalities will receive a total of $11.5 million from the block grant. [WBJ]

Rye Brook office complex in talks to become senior living center

The 17-acre Rye Brook office complex at 900 King Street could soon become a 250-unit senior living facility. The plan has been proposed by Rye King Associates, which has owned the property since 1999. The Port Chester-based developer applied to the Village Board of Trustees for zoning changes and for demolition of the nearly vacant office complex, which today lists only Greenwich Hospital LLC as a tenant, LoHud reported. A 2017 assessment put the property’s value at $15 million. [Lohud]

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