Darien
It Takes a Village...to Make a Village Great

OUR MISSION

Our fundamental goal is to create a community asset that will be cherished in the present and for generations to come, which will improve the quality of life for all Darien residents.

Through the planning and building of new, architecturally masterful buildings which will appear to have been built over decades, using the highest quality of materials, we will improve the look and feel of downtown Darien.

OUR TEAM

Co-Developers

Baywater Properties
PG Properties

Project Architect

Robert AM Stern Architects

Retail Consultant

Gibbs Planning Group

Civil Engineers

Tighe & Bond

Legal Advisors

Maslan & Associates
Shipman & Goodwin
Jacobi, Case & Speranzini

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ABOUT THE PROJECT
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RESIDENTIAL      RETAIL      RECREATION

Downtown Living, Upscale Style

The residences will be designed to meet the needs of the most discerning homeowner, with a focus upon empty-nesters looking for apartment-style living without compromise.

Each residence will feature high ceilings, abundant light, wood flooring throughout, and designer kitchens, and many will incorporate outdoor space. All residences will include an entry foyer, a powder room, walk-in closets, built-ins and ensuite washers and dryers.

Residents of the project will enjoy easy access to all the amenities of downtown Darien, existing and to come, as well as to the Darien Train Station and Tilley Pond Park.


Live Local, Shop Local

We will continue the tradition in Darien of a downtown which is populated mostly with locally-owned retailers, offering the highest quality of service and merchandise.

The retail spaces will embrace the new streets which we will create around the project, and many of the stores will open onto the proposed Town Green.


Shared by Neighbors, Enjoyed by All

The project will significantly enhance the pedestrian experience of downtown Darien.

The proposed Town Green will create an automobile-free zone, where children can safely play and enjoy downtown with their parents or friends. Bicycle racks will be installed throughout the project to encourage visitors to cycle to experience their downtown.

The proposed Town Green will be designed to accommodate the Darien Farmer’s Market, concert series like the Darien Summer Nights series, theatrical productions, and even an ice rink.


RESOURCES
Future Meetings
Presentations
Video Presentations
Communications with Town of Darien
Studies
Background on Team
Inspirational Materials
News
Baywater Refiles Revised Downtown Zoning Amendment Application, October 20, 2016
Darien, Other Communities Boast Developments for Home Buyers, September 16, 2016
Genovese: P&Z Limit on Corbin/Post Building Heights May Make Project ‘Impossible’
Letter: Darien Chamber Supports Corbin Drive Project, August 18, 2016
Shaking Things Up, August 8, 2016
P&Z Barely Raises Building Height in Noroton Heights Redevelopment, August 3, 2016
Small Business Thrives in Darien, July 20, 2016
Public Hearing Closes for Baywater Downtown Zoning Changes, July 13, 2016
Building Height Discussed in Hearing for Downtown Redevelopment, July 13, 2016
Letter: An open letter to Darien developer David Genovese, July 13, 2016
Developer Keeps Pitching Downtown Darien Redevelopment Plan, July 5, 2016
Letter: Genovese and Glassmeyer Demonstrate a Thoughtful Approach, July 1, 2016
Strong Support for Downtown Darien Development Project, June 26, 2016
Business Owners Give Support for Downtown Redevelopment Plan, June 22, 2016
Building Height in Baywater Corbin Proposal Cut from Roughly 95 to 85 Feet, June 22, 2016
Dozens Show Support for Downtown Zoning Changes, June 22, 2016
Baywater Details Downtown Darien Redevelopment, April 14, 2016
Developer's Hope for Redevelopment Described to Packed Room, April 8, 2016
Presentation of Downtown Development Plan on April 6, March 18, 2016
Baywater Previews Special Needs Housing Facility for Adults, January 14, 2016
Developer Peddles Downtown Bike Study, November 24, 2015
New Vision for Downtown Darien, July 23, 2015
Waking Up Darien, March 2011

FAQs
 How do you plan to accommodate the parking that will be required of the Project?
We will be increasing the amount of parking significantly through a number of ways. We wanted to be mindful not to be a burden on the surrounding community and to provide more parking than exists today. We plan to significantly increase the onsite parking and increase the street parking available today. On the Boston Post Road, we will remove the existing "back-out" parking and replace it with parallel parking. Regarding the unsightly current surface parking lots located throughout the area today, we are planning to replace it with two levels of underground parking in an elegantly styled parking structure. We feel the provided parking plan will be more than sufficient to address the demand of the project.
 When will the project be complete and open for business?
We are going to need community support to get this project built as quickly as possible, and community members have the ability to influence the timing. We have had a preliminary discussion of our plans with the Planing & Zoning Commission and the Architectural Review Board, and we will be submitting the first necessary applications to the Town of Darien in the fall of 2015. We hope to receive approval for our project in the early part of 2016, and to start the construction in late 2016 or early 2017. There is an enormous amount of work to do for a project like this one, and we will need significant support from the community to work through the process expeditiously.
 What can you tell me about the Proposed Town Green?
Baywater Properties and PG Properties have incorporated attractive, functional public spaces in each of their mixed-use projects in downtown Darien, such as Grove Street Plaza or Gofer Park. These public spaces have become cherished by the community. The Town Green will be generously sized and designed for multiple uses. It will be a beautifully landscaped park area where community events can be held, and a place for children to play in a safe and secure environment, as well as for people from the neighborhood to just sit, relax and enjoy the day.
 What stores will be in the Project?
We have been hearing from residents about favorite stores, restaurants and businesses they would like to see and we love receiving that input. We envision adding to the retailers in downtown Darien a number of artisanal food purveyors, as well as retailers of women's clothing, home goods, children's clothing, shoes, lingerie, and swimwear. At this time, we do not have any agreements with tenants other than our existing customers, but please be sure to register on our website to receive email announcements. If you have good ideas for us as to retailers you would like to see come to Darien, please let us know! We welcome your input, as this is your downtown!
 What about the traffic that the new buildings will generate?
We will be studying the traffic implications of the Project in the months to come, but we believe that with good planning, the traffic situation of downtown Darien may actually improve as a result of the Project. The current back-out parking on the Boston Post Road creates traffic delays and accidents on a regular basis. New side streets off of the Boston Post Road will serve to take pressure off of the Boston Post Road and should improve the flow of cars through the downtown. Given that a large number of office employees would be expected to commute to work via Metro North, the impact on traffic in the area will not be as significant as one might think. Lastly, by creating a special place where people can live, work and play, we will reduce the need for many people in our community today to drive to downtown Darien.
 What about the Project's impact on Schools?
We intend to design the apartments that will be part of the Project as 2-bedroom units with a study that could be used as an occasional guestroom. The units are expected to measure 1,500 to 2,000 square feet, and given that there will be no outdoor amenities and that the project is located in downtown Darien, we do not expect young families to purchase or rent the units. Our recent experience in building and managing 745 Boston Post Road in Darien, which includes 8 luxury rental apartments, is important as that unit was 100% leased during construction to 7 different families, none of whom had any children in the Darien Public School system. Our initial tenants included young couples "trying out" Darien as a place to call home, and empty nesters looking for a simpler, maintenance-free way to live in Darien. An important point to consider is that the increased tax revenue generated for the Town of Darien by our development, which we are analyzing now, will be very significant and could be used to fund potentially necessary expansions to the existing Darien Public School system, lessening the burden on residential property owners.

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