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Stamford Board to Hear More About Farm House

STAMFORD, Conn. — The Stamford Golf Authority will get to respond to numerous Newfield residents who last week spoke out against its plans to demolish the Main House at the Sterling Farms Golf Course.

The city’s planning board decided to hold a second public hearing Tuesday after the first one on Feb. 21 ran until after 10 p.m. Theresa Dell , board chairman, said before the first session that the public hearing wasn't required but said the board decided have one after hearing the outcry from residents.

The golf authority wants to demolish the house built in the mid- to late 1800s and replace it with a newer, larger restaurant. Jerry Hupy, an architect working with the authority, said renovating the Main House would be difficult because of its unstable foundation and could be more expensive than replacing the building.

Members of the men’s and women’s golf clubs at Sterling Farms spoke on behalf of their groups in favor of the demolition.

Also on the docket for the public hearing is the proposed lease extension between the city and the golf authority, the agenda for the board said. The extended lease, if approved, would take effect in 2019 and run to 2037, and the city will see 12 percent of the gross revenue if it is more than $3 million, instead of 11 percent. Other than that, the agreement would be the same, a member of the city’s legal department said.

Tuesday’s board meeting is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. with the public hearing to get under way at 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria on the fourth floor of the Stamford Government Center , 888 Washington Blvd.

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