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Self-storage business approved for the former United House demolition site in Stamford

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The facility will replace United House Wrecking’s sprawling storefront with a use more in keeping with zoning regulations. The stretch of land starting at 535 Hope Street that winds toward the Darien border is zoned for general industrial uses, including manufacturing facilities and warehouses. The original design featured canary yellow siding that drew mixed reactions from board members.

Instead of having the company’s splashy signature shade everywhere, the Safeguard streetscape will only feature yellow as an accent. Mature trees, when fully grown, will block large parts of the frontage from passersby. Through the trees, a mansard roof will poke out, meant to make the structure seem less like a warehouse.

Technically, United House Wrecking was a non-conforming use, meaning that the property was noncompliant with the established zoning rules for the neighborhood given its consumer-oriented focus. The developer assuaged the board with an updated facade and landscaping plan to combat concerns about the self-storage warehouse sticking out in the area.

“Very seldom do applicants address our comments so thoroughly,” board member Roger Quick said in response to the new plan. The board approved the final project by a 4-1 margin, with board member Richard Rosenfeld opposing the proposal.

veronica.delvalle@hearstmediact.com

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