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Visions for Vacancies: Former Amphenol Factory on Kennedy Avenue

What do you think should be built on the former Amphenol property at the corner of Main Street and Kennedy Avenue?

Think community planning with a capital C. Let's put all ideas on the table.

In this series we'll present a vacant commercial property and ask you to tell us what you think would be the best use. Forget what zone it's in, ignore setback regulations, dump lot coverage rules and all the other zoning jargon that puts most people to sleep. Drop the plan. If you had your way, what would you like to see there? What would be the best use for the community?

This week we’re looking at the vacant former Amphenol site on Kennedy Avenue between Rose and Main streets. 

Across Main Street from Subway Sandwiches and with its back to the Pulse Point bus stop, this 9.49 acre parcel is at the heart of downtown Danbury. It has approvals for 553 housing units, but that approval was won before the recession started five years ago, and nothing has been done.

What would you like to see there? What will succeed there? You decide.

Sid January 31, 2013 at 01:22 AM
I was here for the revitalization, The ice skating rink, Hat City Ale House, Seattle Expresso, the gas ball, all that. Unfortunately that all ended with this administration in City Hall.
Tubeworm January 31, 2013 at 03:48 AM
Residential buildings are the way to go. BRT should sell the lot to another developer and they should build nice residential buildings. Affordable housing should be on the bottom of the buildings while higher end housing and maybe a penthouse like floor on the upper part of the buildings. The develepment needs to be done right, similar to BRT's plan for the site. That includes a nice street wall and architecture.
edward ackell January 31, 2013 at 03:09 PM
the end of downtown revi. never got started because the planner who is the chief architect of the city never took a true interest in the city,its past,its future. when presented with various plans for downtown revi. a point blank rejection and sly remark was the return..to put a package together forget it...
Jimmy Pursey January 31, 2013 at 03:24 PM
True. Also, so many longtime Danbury businesses have closed during Boughton's reign.
edward ackell February 01, 2013 at 03:01 PM
The report put together by a group headed by the former president of Union Savings Bank,which by the way moved the bulk of its business off main street to north street consists of many of the suggestions put forth perviously but rejected.the present parking garage is too far from the core buildings on main street,,it should have been butted against the back of the buildings thus giving people easy sheltered access to the street level businesses and the secound floor operations..the gallery is designed for that purpose..when you wear a sleep mask all day until 5pm nothing is seen and nothing is done but off to mimis..

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