After scrambling for financing, town sprints to meet ACT schedule

Work on the Schlumberger site has begun. The $680,000 projected cost will be covered without more money from the taxpayers, but it may be a sprint to finish the work in time for the June opening of a musical production in the theater building. “The site work has started,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi said Monday. “We have a meeting with … read more

M&T Bank helps fund restoration of Philip Johnson building

M&T Bank has approved a $900,000 small business loan for BassamFellows to help fund the restoration of the Philip Johnson building at the former Schlumberger property. The loan will provide the final piece of funding needed to restore the building to its original detail, and prepare the space for BassamFellows’ office, showroom and studio. “We succeed by helping our customers … read more

Theater, offices, parking: Schlumberger site plans win commission’s approval

Theater and office uses for two of the three remaining buildings on the town’s former Schlumberger property won the Planning and Zoning Commission’s unanimous approval Tuesday, July 18, after a public hearing that discussed a traffic consultant’s report recommending study of the eventual need for a traffic light at Grove Street and Old Quarry Road. The town’s plans would prepare … read more

Former Schlumberger property: Repairs get public hearing Wednesday

Before the new tenants move in, the town will have to fix up the former Schlumberger property located at 36 Old Quarry Road. A series of proposed modifications will go in front of the Planning and Zoning Commission for a public hearing Wednesday, July 5. If approved, the changes will expedite the move in date for Ridgefield-based theater company ACT … read more

‘Increased use’ slows down Old Quarry projects

Traffic, medical waste, and overdevelopment were some of the concerns raised during Tuesday night’s public hearing for a proposed assisted living facility and mixed-use building at 55 Old Quarry Road. The five-acre property, owned by Selectman Steve Zemo, is being subdivided to create Old Quarry Commons — a self-storage building with eight two-bedroom apartments on the second floor — on … read more

Voters approve Schlumberger leases

The Board of Selectmen — tasked with selling the Schlumberger property the town bought back in December 2011 — breathed a sigh of relief Wednesday night when voters approved a pair of $1-a-year leases that the selectmen have worked on over the last several months. Under the proposed leases, which more than 130 residents unanimously voted to approve, the Philip Johnson Building will be … read more

Commission for the Disabled on Schlumberger leases: Town has access responsibilities

Parking in a handicapped spot without a proper permit displayed can lead to a hefty fine. —Press photo

Don Ciota, chairman of the Commission for the Disabled, sent a letter to First Selectman Rudy Marconi Wednesday, Feb. 22, outlining the town’s responsibility under the Americans with Disabilities Act when leasing town property. The town is preparing to lease two buildings part of the former Schlumberger property to ACT of Connecticut and BassamFellows. In the letter, Ciota said that … read more

Letter: Ridgefield voters can turn a negative into a positive with 'yes' vote

To the Editor: With a resounding vote “yes” and “yes,” Ridgefield residents on Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the lower level conference room at Town Hall have the opportunity to turn two town buildings (an auditorium and the Philip Johnson building) on the former Schlumberger property from a current negative value into two town buildings with positive value monetarily, … read more

Voters will judge two Schlumberger leases Wednesday

Long-term, $1-a-year leases that would have tenants finance an estimated $1 million in renovations to two former Schlumberger buildings will come before voters for approval next week. A Town Meeting Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 in town hall will consider the two leases, which were negotiated and are being proposed by the Board of Selectmen. The Philip Johnson Building — … read more

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