Milbank, Sound Beach projects called “monolithic, stark” by Greenwich Architectural Review Committee – Connecticut News

Milbank, Sound Beach projects called “monolithic, stark” by Greenwich Architectural Review Committee – Connecticut News


GREENWICH — Members of the Architectural Review Committee told developers of both the proposed Milbank and Sound Beach Avenue apartment buildings that they need to try again.

Members said both projects are monolithic and stark, and are not harmonious with existing homes on the streets.

Both projects have drawn critics at discussions in planning and zoning meetings. At Wednesday’s ARC meeting, there were a handful of speakers against the project slated for Milbank Avenue, and two against the Sound Beach Avenue apartments.

Eric Brower, a planner representing the Milbank applicants, told the committee members that the project was rushed toward the end to get it before the town’s committees before new Planning and Zoning regulations went into place for the residential zone in which the street is located.

But, he said, the most important part of the plan is the 90-foot setback — an stylistic design he said is not included in many other projects for the area.

“The proposed house sits essentially on the footprint of the existing houses that are there — no taller, 90-foot setback,” Brower said Wednesday. “That was our goal, to try to maintain that element of the architecture.”

But committee member John Conte said the design was too tall, too institutional, too cold, and should be split into at least two buildings.

This is an “architectural mistake,” Conte said. “Three stories of compromised proportion to get that detailing on the roof.

“It’s (squished) down,” he said. “To me it does nothing for the street…You made it one building — it loses the design that was originally approved…. If there were four of those,” he said, he…

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