Residents voice support for plan to redevelop former Globe Theatre
By ROBERT KOCH | Published by Thehour.com
May 29, 2013 10:30 pm
Several people voiced their support Wednesday night for a plan to redevelop the former Globe Theatre at 71 Wall St. into a performing arts center.
Tod Bryant, Norwalk Preservation Trust president, lent his backing after learning that developer Wall Street Theater Company, Inc., intends to pursue historic renovation tax credits to help fund the estimated $7.5 million project.
Such credits would mandate that the renovation is done to historic standards.
“The Preservation Trust strongly supports any reasonable effort to redevelop the Globe Theatre and all of Wall Street,” Bryant said.
Jackie Lightfield, a Wall Street resident and co-founder of the community development organization Norwalk 2.0, said the city has invested in South Norwalk for years and should do the same on Wall Street.
“I think that the Globe Theatre is an icon on Wall Street and that all efforts to increase the economic viability of Wall Street and the Norwalk-center area are needed,” Lightfield said.
The comments came as part of a public hearing before the Common Council’s Planning Committee. About a dozen people attended the hearing at the Main Library on Wednesday night.