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Schlumberger Citizens Committee hosts charette on future uses of the property

A workshop is being held tonight by the Schlumberger Citizens Committee to go through the results of an online survey about the future of the remaning town-owned land.  Ridgefield bought the 45 acre site for $7 million and have since sold 15 acres. Developer Steve Zemo paid $1.25 million for five acres of land for a multi-use proposal.  A closing is expected later this month on 10 acres, sold for $4.3 million to Charter Group Partners for a 54-unit senior housing complex. 


First Selectman Rudy Marconi previously said there is another possible contract in the works.  The Philip Johnson building could be turned into a museum.  That could house works by longtime Ridgefield resident Maurice Sendak.  


An open house is being held at the Parks and Rec building at 6:30pm, and will be followed by a workshop from 7pm to 9pm.


A majority of respondents said they want to keep the property as open space or to increase cultural offerings.  Of those aged 55 and older who responded to the survey, increasing the diversity of Ridgefield's housing stock was identified as an important objective.  That age group preferred more commercial development, while those under age 55 want the town to pursue more retail and restaurant development.

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