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October 19, 2021

Nicholas W. Vitti Jr. recently helped his client secure approval from the City of Stamford’s Zoning Board (“the Board”) for a complicated land use matter involving a 2.5 acre site that formerly housed an iconic City business. 

Mr. Vitti’s client proposed to develop a large self-storage facility at 535 Hope Street in Stamford, Connecticut.  Although the proposed facility is a permitted one in the site’s zoning district, the developer needed Special Permit approval from the Board because of the 133,000 +/- square foot size of the structure.  Complicating the approval process was the public’s affinity for the former business and some public sentiments to have a more active business at the site.  (Click here for more information on this matter). 

Under Mr. Vitti’s counsel, the applicant thoroughly addressed the Board’s concerns, agreeing to aesthetic changes including landscaping upgrades and an updated façade.  “Very seldom do applicants address our comments so thoroughly,” board member Roger Quick said in response to the presentation of the revised plans. The storage unit is set to begin construction in early 2022 and will be developed by Safeguard Self-Storage which has seventy-five locations within the United States. 

Mr. Vitti is a Real Estate Partner in the Murtha Cullina's Business & Finance Department. He has extensive experience in the area of commercial real estate and land use development. His practice includes commercial real estate transactions, real estate development, land use and zoning and real estate tax appeals and valuation.

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