Reilly’s claims about Glenville building are wrong

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

I am writing to correct the many errors in a letter by Jim C. Reilly in the Post’s July 18 edition, entitled, “The loss of another historic building leaves advocate shocked.”

I am one of four owners of 1 Glenville Street. I have been the building manager since 2002 and I am the family member who spoke to Mr. Reilly and clearly stated that a new building was to be constructed on the same footprint, replicating the old building.

Please let me make it clear that we went through an extremely lengthy and expensive permit process for the new building, receiving approval from all of the town of Greenwich’s commissions and committees over a period of eight years. All of these approval meetings provided the required public notice.

The demolition notice was published in the paper and posted, on site, for all to view. Several professional reports would beg to differ that, according to Mr. Reilly, “and a complete redo with new services would have been fine.”

Mr. Reilly is under the impression that old structures, regardless of condition, should be left standing for his viewing pleasure. This is the same Mr. Reilly who stood in front of buzzing chain saws to protect a totem pole that he carved in a tree trunk at Greenwich Point many years ago.

That trunk was declared diseased and in danger of falling into the roadway by the town’s tree warden. Thankfully, a strong wind took the tree trunk down in the evening when the Point was closed and nobody was injured.

 

Fred Walters
Cos Cob

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