Ridgefield Playhouse gets lease expansion

A 20-year lease renting the Ridgefield Playhouse — the auditorium it has filled with music, movies and shows for close to two decades, as well as additional space in the town-owned Venus Building on East Ridge — has been approved by the selectmen. “I started at the Playhouse 18 years ago, believe it or not,” Playhouse executive director Allison Stockel … read more

Compassion, construction, and re-election: Marconi looks ahead to 2019

A new parking lot for the commercial district, renovations at the Venus Building to accommodate Playhouse expansion plans, progress on the state’s Main Street renovations, handicapped access improvements, extending sidewalks — the town has plans and projects aplenty to pursue. But First Selectman Rudy Marconi has another goal for 2019, one requiring no bricks or bulldozers: He wants a more … read more

$500,000 Chef’s Warehouse lease approved by selectmen

The impressive brick Venus Municipal Building is losing its second biggest tenant, the RVNA, whose door is at right behind the parked car. One inquiry about the space came from the building’s biggest tenant, Chefs’ Warehouse, which uses the main door at left. — Macklin Reid photo

A lease bringing the town roughly $500,000 a year and giving Chef’s Warehouse use of the Venus Municipal Building’s entire second floor — excluding the wing with the Town Hall Annex — has been approved by the Board of Selectmen. The lease runs for five years through fall 2023, with rents rising from $495,652 for the first year to $526,265 … read more

$5 million in capital spending includes Venus renovations

The impressive brick Venus Municipal Building is losing its second biggest tenant, the RVNA, whose door is at right behind the parked car. One inquiry about the space came from the building’s biggest tenant, Chefs’ Warehouse, which uses the main door at left. — Macklin Reid photo

Beefed up with the late addition of a $1,350,000 “self-sustaining” renovation plan for the Venus Building, $5.2 million in capital spending for 2018-19 has been approved by the Board of Finance and will move on to voters. Other major items in the capital budget approved Tuesday, April 3, include $570,000 for a 63-car parking lot for the downtown area, all … read more

Steckler elected to two-year seat

Note: the print edition of this story incorrectly stated that only Carina Borgia-Drake voted against Jonathan’s Steckler’s appointment to the Board of Education. Board member Sharon D’Orso also voted against Steckler. This story has been updated. The Board of Education voted to elect Jonathan Steckler, executive vice president of The Chefs’ Warehouse, to fill a two-year vacancy on the board … read more

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