Group Sues State Over Former Stamford Boatyard Property
April 4, 2014
Terry Backer, the Long Island Soundkeeper and Executive Director of Soundkeeper, Inc., and Reed Super, principal of the public-interest environmental law firm Super Law Group, LLC, announced a pair of legal actions to protect Stamford Harbor from adverse environmental impacts and to preserve the historic water-dependent use of the Yacht Haven West site as a working boatyard/marina.
The lawsuit opposes the plan to create an office complex containing an 850,000-square-foot office building, a 3-story parking garage for 3,000 cars and a helipad and entertainment barge on the grounds of a former boatyard and marina.
In one action, Soundkeeper filed a 7-count complaint against the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD). The complaint alleges violations of the state Environmental Policy Act and Coastal Management Act, including DECD’s failures to: (i) analyze the environmental impacts of the proposal; (ii) evaluate alternative locations for Bridgewater Associates’ headquarters and mitigation measures to lessen impacts; (iii) evaluate inconsistencies with state policies and local zoning and land use plans that strongly favor retention of working waterfronts; and (iv) incorporate all reasonable measures to mitigate any adverse impacts on coastal resources and water- dependent activities.