Friday, July 19, 2013

The Downes Building is coming down

In another blow to what's left of Stamford's pre-urban renewal architecture, the Downes Building on Atlantic Street is slated for demolition.

As you can see on the demolition notice, the new building will be "mixed-use," which probably means that the ground floor will be retail and the upper floors will be residential.  Based on recent trends, I figure the ground floor will eventually house:
- a bank
- a Starbucks
- a CVS

The upper-floor apartments will most likely be rented out to:
- hedge funders
- financial workers in blue shirts and khakis
- UBSers
- RBSers
- All of the above

On the bright side, at least Chinese Mirch is safe.


Anonymous said...

What happened to the building next to Grand on Bank Street? There was a restaurant on ground floor undergoing a very long renovation, and then one day the whole building was gone.

Streets of Stamford said...

That's a good question - I have no idea what happened there. I went downtown recently and discovered the same excavation site. I'll look into it and see if I can find anything.

George said...

the top of the building will not be residential but hotel. Why don't you do some research instead of spouting nonsense like you do?

Streets of Stamford said...

A) Because spouting nonsense is what I'm good at, and B) because it was a joke! Lighten up!!