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Possible use for Philip Johnson building in Ridgefield under consideration

The Schlumberger Citizens Commission has made their recommendation to Ridgefield officials about the future use of 30 acres of town owned land.


The recommendation is that the site be turned into a cultural center.  Leasing out the former Schlumberger theater, creating an outdoor amphitheater and possibly turning the former Skydome Building into a warehouse for private collectors are parts of the proposal.


The Philip Johnson Building is being looked at by two men from New Canaan who own a modern era furniture distribution company, and have a manufacturing facility in Pennsylvania.  They have eight to 10 employees in Connecticut.  The pair live in a Philip Johnson-designed home across from The Glass House, so Marconi says they're excited about the possibility of occupying a building designed by the same renowned architect. 


A special meeting has tentatively been scheduled for June 15th between the Board of Selectmen and Commission to discuss the plan in greater detail.


One area left unanswered is recovering the full investment made by the town for the property.  Ridgefield is about $1.5 million shy of getting back the $7 million purchase price.  Raising revenue from the site was one of the major sentiments that came out of public hearings on what residents wanted to see happen with the 45 acres.

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